My son is struggling to eat solids throughout the day and is crying all night long. I've heard back teeth hurt much more when they're coming in, so I'm looking for something to help him sleep. During the day I've been giving him cold teethers and baby food when he won't chew meals. Last night he cried half the night with his eyes closed, even after I gave him Ibuprofen and held him close to me. His pediatrician recommended the medicine for pain, but if you could let me know what worked for your kids I would be really appreciate it!:)
My daughter didnt have too much trouble with teething, we just gave her cold teethers and that usually did the trick. There are also the vibrating teethers and friends of mine have used those with their children though I'm not sure if we ever had one. And there are the homeopathic teething tablets but I've heard moms say they dont work and also some that say they do. I also never used these. good luck!
Oh the poor little bubba. Teething is terrible. My first son we gave him frozen bagels (the mini ones are the best). Teethers are too tough on the tender gums for some kids, I think. Also alternate between ibu and tylenol--one every four hrs, another every 4, etc.
Orajel always made my kids gag, so I don't advise that route. Humphrey's tablets really are amazing, though. They helped my kids sleep--lots of camomile. You can buy them at any Target or WalMart or drugstore, like 7 bucks I think but totally worth it.
I hate to say it but we LIVED on orajel! It worked wonderfully. You can also double dose him on Ibuprofen. I know that sounds awful and confirm with your Ped but they really have to drink a whole bottle of the stuff before it becomes poisonous. I did it once (by mistake!) and my daughter slept through the whole night! Last, my mom swore by a little liquor on the gums. I never tried it but that's advice from the pre-Orajel days and it might work. The alcohol will knock him out anyway! Hopefully, you don't think I am an awful mother for sharing these renegade ideas!
Frozen washcloths worked well for our kids (we're expecting our 8th). I used to use Oragel for our kids, but I have switched to Hyland's teething gel and "Calm Child" drops. If they're really miserable and nothing else is working, I will go ahead and give them some Tylenol.
If he'll tolerate it, a gum massage while he's snuggled up with you might help. My kids also tend to produce more acidic stills when they're teething, which adds insult to injury by creating a sore bottom. Bah.
In the day I used to hang a baseball glove over my son's walker and he'd chew and drool on that all day. Helped a lot. Also let him chew on crushed ice. Nighttime is harder. In the old days, we all gave our teething babies paregoric. Soothed their gums and helped them sleep. I don't know what they do nowadays, but in many things, the old ways were best.
Thank you everyone for all the GREAT tips! I really appreciate it. Sam is sleeping much better this week. Now if I could only get him to eat through the pain! I think I'm going to try a baseball glove, Kay Lee. He would go nuts for that.
The Amber is a natural pain reliever when worn against the skin. My 11 month old it teething big time right now and we would be miserable without it. We didn't use it with our first baby and the difference in their teething discomfort is incredible.
I also swear by Hyland's teething tablets. When she has acute pain, I give her 3-4 of them and it helps calm her down enough to fall asleep.
We have yet to have to give her an actual pain reliever like Motrin for her teething. And I would definitely be careful with the dosing on the Infants version. They are highly concentrated and you can definitely OD your baby with them. One double dose isn't going to be an issue, but repeated over dosing can cause health problems.
Leather makes a great teether. My girl has been using a leather bootie, when she uses anything at all.