Ibuprofen at Almost 6 Months for Teething?

Updated on April 25, 2011
A.S. asks from Sacramento, CA
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Hi all --

Our little guy is 6 months in two weeks and teething hard. He doesn't have an ear infection (had checked last month at appointment), but he's pulling on ears, upset, not sleeping well, and trying to stuff anything he can in his mouth. We've used cold wet washcloths, hard teethers, soft teethers, and my finger to try and sooth his gums. Tylenol seems to help for about three hours, but then we obviously have to wait another hour to give him a dose. Do you think it would be OK to give him Ibuprofen a little before he's six months of age? Am I pushing it?

Thanks for your thoughts.

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Thank you SO much! It's awesome to know there are fellow Moms out there for support. I ended up giving him the Motrin, and he is crashed -- he'll hopefully get the best night sleep he's had in a long time.

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answers from Boston on

I think it would be ok, I have given it to both of my kids when they were teething (around 8-9 mo.) The pediatrician said it was fine, it helped and I hated to see them so uncomfortable. You could always just call his doctor and speak to someone over the phone if you're worried.

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answers from Shreveport on

I would do it, and I think it would help with inflammed gums. Good luck!

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answers from San Francisco on

Hi Mama
As you said he is 6mths in two weeks so I would give it to him. He is teething bad and the natural things don't seem to be enough for him.
Hope he feels better soon.
B. k

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answers from Chattanooga on

I think he's close enough. One thing though... the only 'teether' that worked for my DD was to put a banana or ice cubes in a mesh feeder, and let her go to town on that. She didn't like the teethers or anything like that either. :) Maybe that would help your little guy out some too.

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answers from Philadelphia on

I think it is ok too, i used to give it to them that early. I hope he feels better soon.

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answers from Provo on

I say it's ok. Have you also heard of amber beads? Baltic amber produces a natural soother. Here is a link to find out more and some examples of some. They also make bracelets. I'm getting one for my son's sprained ankle! Can't wait to find out how well it works!

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answers from Seattle on

I think it's just fine! I did when my son was about that age, and he is fine. I alternate ibprohen and the tylenol because it works better. My little guy is teething pretty bad too so along with medicine, he loves frozen otter pops! Lol. I let him chew on it for awhile, and then feed him the popscicle lol. He loves them, great cause they come in packages of 200!

Also Hyland's teething gel works great too for him. No numbing, no bad taste, all natural etc.

Good luck!

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answers from San Francisco on

Both my kids had ibuprofen at 6mo, as well as the Hylands homeopathic teething tablets. The tabs seem to work better during the day, but ibuprofen was my Godsend at night!!!!!



answers from Chico on

Please don't ever consider giving a baby any of the nsaids like ibuprofen.

When my little ones were teething, the best teether was a very cold peeled hard and large carrot. Peeled to allow the sweet flavor to come through, large enough that the little teeth can't bite the end off, cold because that feels good. The carrot has a little give so it isn't too hard.

There are homeopathic teething remedies that often work well.

You don't say if you are still nursing him or not, but if he is not nursing 100% by now, you may want to be sure that there is absolutely no refined sugar in his diet. Fresh fruit is ok, but nothing sweetened with any kind of sugar or honey. Sugar can creat some of the symptoms you mention.

I have been working with nutrition for the past 41 years. Please feel free to contact me if you think I can be of help.




answers from San Francisco on

When they are that young, always stick to Tylonol products they seem to have their act together as far as the dosage etc for young children. We used to give it to my son before he had major shots.



answers from San Francisco on

Just a quick note on the ear infection...you mentioned he was check at last appointment. In my experience ear infections can come over night so if you think he might have it then maybe a run to the doctor to check would be good (just for your own sanity...) my son was fine one day and the next day pulling on ear, crying, etc we took him and he had it, we had gone to the doctor a few days ealier for checkup...things change so quickly.

I was going to say check with pediatrician about ibuprofen. Even though they seem big at 6 months this hard medicines might not really help in the long run.

Hope you get some rest too as your little guy

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