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Teething Gel

Hi, right now, my 7month old is going through his stages of teething. The teething gel im using is Little Teethers oral pain relief gel. and it says to only use it 4 times daily and after a week, the pain should subside. if not then see a doctor. Well it seems like his pain is getting worse everyday (due to the teeth coming in) and i've been finding myself using it a bit more. ESP at night. I've realized hes been so restless and waking up at night due to the pain. so if hes awake and it isnt time for a bottle, i would use a tiny, and i stress tiny dot amount, and he would fall right back asleep. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for other brands? since for some reason this one wont be usable soon. He get more crankier everyday with these teeth.
I have the frozen wash cloth along with teethers, but i need some other suggestions as to what i should use at night and what not.
thank you.

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I use the Hyland's Teething Gel, which you can put on as often as you like. Works better for us than the Hyland's tablets (I think each kid reacts to one better than the other). We also do a lot of teething biscuits, a wet washcloth, and lots of extra cuddles. We also do Motrin at night when it is really bad, or he has a higher fever (which my son does get when teething). Although we go generic (cheaper), but would suggest you do the same if you haven't heard about the quality issues/recalls with Tylenol and Motrin.

Since you said he keeps getting worse every day, he might be having some problems with the gel you are using, or it might be something more than teething. My son has his up and down days, but it doesn't just keep getting worse and worse for a week, he always has some time in there where he isn't feeling so bad (teething at the beginning was quick for him, but after the first few teeth it always takes several weeks to a month for one or two teeth to come in).

I agree with Michelle- teething tablets & Tylenol/acetaminophen (in addition to the teething rings, washcloth, etc).

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In my case, that tooth gel actually was causing the pain : ( I found out that it was doing more harm. I would stop using it. I started with a bit of Tylenol when things got really bad, but realized that this is a normal stage and my 'helping' could be more 'hurting'. I do recommend a teether, I found my at the grocery store, it's a rubber yellow star with a blue handle, when you bite on it,it vibrates-perfect! Again that gel made my little guys mouth raw with sores.

Our Pediatrician told us not to use the teething gels (not sure why) but we use Hylands Teething tablets and they work wonders.

Try Tylenol...especially before bedtime...really helps!

I agree with Michelle- teething tablets & Tylenol/acetaminophen (in addition to the teething rings, washcloth, etc).

Our pediatrician told use they do not recommend teething gel because a lot of the times the saliva washes it off the gums and all it does it numb the tounge so the kids still hurt. (I admit, i still used it). They suggested we use tylenol. I found that putting a pacifier in the fridge works great. They also make a pacifier that is actualy for teething. It looks funny and has a wierd texture to it. My little one loves to chew on it.

use gentle naturals teething drops they were a miracle with my daughter. you can find them at target and probably other stores. i also gave her motrin every 4-6 hours as needed. i did this every day she was getting her molars in and my daughter has no ill effects from it.

Our dr doesn't recommend any teething gels or teething tablets. He recommends good old tylenol and frozen teethers or frozen wash cloth. We bought an amber teething necklace. I swear it works!! I thought it was a bunch of hocus pocus, but it does work IMO.

Hyland's teething tablets. Worked for my three.

Hyland's teething tablets! I know several others have said it but it was a life saver for me. I never had to use motrin or tylenol because the tablets did the trick but if your son is in that much pain, you could pair the tablets with a generic tylenol or motrin (I'm sure you read that tylenol and motrin have been recalled) - good luck - it will only be a short while more!

OH - also - there is a teether type thing sold in a set with toothbrushes. I think it is called a gum massager - it isn't the one you put on your finger - it has a handle for your baby to hold on to and is round and prickly all the way around. This helps baby get to those back teeth and help alleviate their own pain. Good luck!

We also use Hyland's teething tablets and they are amazing. They seem to calm my son right down and they are homeopathic. On really bad days I'll give him Tylenol before bed. Good luck!

I, too, have heard of the dangers of using teething gel. What does your pediatrician say? Tylenol about 1/2 hr before bedtime could help if OK'd by your pediatrician.

I use the Hyland's Teething Gel, which you can put on as often as you like. Works better for us than the Hyland's tablets (I think each kid reacts to one better than the other). We also do a lot of teething biscuits, a wet washcloth, and lots of extra cuddles. We also do Motrin at night when it is really bad, or he has a higher fever (which my son does get when teething). Although we go generic (cheaper), but would suggest you do the same if you haven't heard about the quality issues/recalls with Tylenol and Motrin.

Since you said he keeps getting worse every day, he might be having some problems with the gel you are using, or it might be something more than teething. My son has his up and down days, but it doesn't just keep getting worse and worse for a week, he always has some time in there where he isn't feeling so bad (teething at the beginning was quick for him, but after the first few teeth it always takes several weeks to a month for one or two teeth to come in).

You may want to try the natural teething tablets from Hyland's. I've heard from many web sources and friends/docs that the gels actually toughen the gum and make it harder for the teething process. My son loved chewing on crushed ice and the frozen wash cloth pops. He also had these little mesh pacifiers that you could put a large piece of ice and he could gnaw on it without fear of choking, I'm sure they are at Target or Babies R Us.

As far as nighttime, I'm not sure what else you could use. We just dealt with the frequent waking and I'd nurse him back to sleep.

Hylan's teething tablets are all natural so you can use as much as needed. Although, I 've found I only need to use 2 to 3 tablets at night. It's not a numbing agent, more of a calming effect. It has chamomile, among other natural ingredients that help soothe a teething baby. Good Luck! This too shall pass.

Teething biscuts are my life saver. They even kept my very clingy baby occupied for a couple minute for me to take a couple minute breather. I use Earth's Best and i just kept an eye to make sure he didn't bite off a chunk and try and swallow it. I also liked Little Teethers tablets.

Our Ped told us NEVER to use teething gel for babies. He said babies have died b/c of it- it can numb their throats to the point that they may choke. Before I knew this I gave it to my 5 mo old for a couple of nights when she woke up from teething pain. Right afterwards, her voice became extremely hoarse. She had no other symtoms and my dr. thinks there is a connection w/ the gel. I threw it out right away. Why take any chances?

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