Post # 1
I know there have been a few sleep posts lately but I was wondering if you ladies had any suggestions. My guy is having a lot of discomfort at night. He’s got three molars and front tooth coming in and he’s sooo miserable. It gets really bad at night. I give him some acetaminophen before bed and he’ll sleep from 8-2 but then is up every half an hour/hour after that crying and screaming. I give him the boob and that seems to comfort him for a little while. I’ve tried frozen teething rings and those don’t seem to help. The only thing that he really likes is to chew on my fingers… ugh. So every night I find myself half asleep with my hand inside his mouth while he goes to town. It kinda hurts. Eventually around 4 or 5 I give him another dose of pain meds but that doesn’t always help either. I don’t know what else to do… of if there is anything else I can do except wait it out. Anyone have any ideas?
Post # 3
Tylenol and Orajel didn’t help my daughter either. The one thing that helped was Hyland’s Teething Tablets. They are all natural and I tasted one once and they’re a little bland but kind of sweet, sort of like those candy sticks that come with Fun Dip. They dissolve right on their tongues so you don’t have to worry about him choking on it, and I found that 2-3 of those really helped her a lot when she was cutting badly.
Post # 4
we tried the orajel too… didn’t do a thing. I wanted to try the teething tablets but just last night I looked them up online ( I didn’t even know what a teething tablet was) and apparently there has been some sort of recall of Hylands teething tablets… belladonna poisoning I believe… so that’s no bueno.
Post # 5
Have you tried frozen washcloths? Addie doesn’t like teething toys; she prefers to chew on blankets and cloth, so frozen washcloths work for her. She also hate baby oragel, and I’ve never tried teething tablets (because of the recall), but you might want to talk to your doctor about your acetaminophen dosing. Ours said we can give Addie 3/4 of a dropper every four hours, which is enough to ease the pain so she can sleep. Last suggestion, is there anything your little one really loves? Like a swing, warm baths, or car rides? Sometimes that helps as a last resort, because usually once we actually get her to sleep she’ll be able to sleep through the pain for a little while.
Post # 6
Aww, poor little guy! When my daughter was an infant, we rotated Tylenol with frozen washcloths and various chew toys. She also liked chewing on a chilled mesh feeder filled with apple or banana. The cold and textures soothed her gums while the fruit flavors distracted her from the pain.
On another note, I recommend against Hyland’s. I know they’ve been on the market for years and come highly recommended. However, when I gave my daughter her first dose of them, she fell really lethargic with slow, shallow breathing. She was unable to hold her head up due to the lethargy. Needless to say, the bottle was immediately tossed out and her reaction was assumed to have been due to the belladonna per the advice of her physician. Medication sensitivities run in both side’s of our family. I feel horrible because I should have known. 🙁
Because of this experience, I did some research and found some stories about similar reactions. Upon trying to find them for you, I ran across this:
Good luck mama!
Post # 7
ok, we’re going to try the frozen washcloths next, thanks ladies!
Post # 8
@northernazbride: don’t forget that Tylenol can be given every 4 hours. If you give a dose before bed at 8 pm he can have more at midnight not 4 in the morning.
Also, the dosage is based on weight not age so I’ve included a link to a dosage chart.
Post # 9
@northernazbride: Hope the frozen washcloths work for your little guy.
In my post earlier, I’m not sure why I felt compelled to add an apostrophe to the word “sides”. LOL! It’s too late to edit…oops!