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Spunkify 01-24-2013 01:03 PM

Alright Mamas help me out, please! (Teething question)
Noah is a MISERABLE teether. He's had 8 teeth come in since November (four at a time) and he has four more coming in right now. He's barely sleeping, barely eating, I can't put him down or he cries. It's mommy 23/7 (seriously). He's been like this for days now and I don't know how much more I can take and still function/parent my other kids/take care of the house/etc. This is really draining me and as it is nothing seems to be working very well for him and I feel bad about that.

We've done Baltic Amber (provides him almost no relief what so ever though it did work very well for Kadie), Hylands teething tablets, Gentle Naturals Teething drops, and Motrin. Motrin seems to provide him the most relief for the longest-enough to play a little and eat, but that's it. We do have anbesol but I hate to use it and in previous experience with it provides relief but only for a very short period of time...too short a period for it numbing his tongue and throat as well.

On top of teething he's having cold symptoms (no fever) and in the past cold symptoms and teething have gone hand and hand for him, so double whammy. I'm treated his cold symptoms as best I can (humidifer, vapor bath, salie spray, germ fighting EOs, supplementing my diet with vitamins and minerals, etc, etc.)

We've been doing lots of baths because that seems to make him happy. Baby wearing is a 50/50 shot when it used to be my fail-safe/calm baby down in a second comfort. I've tried almost all my devices using front and back caries, and like I said there's no telling if they'll help or make him scream louder until I take him out, take it off, and hold him.

NOTHING I do or try has helped him sleep better-NOTHING. He has been taking 20 minute nap during the day (that's it) and has been waking up constantly during the night.

I need something I can buy local or order online (I'd prefer but can (and will, lol) pay the extra money to ship two day or whatever from Links appreciated!

A more mainstream friend of mine suggested rubbing whiskey on his gums. She says to look at it as "natural". She also said our grandparents and maybe our parents too treated teething with it. All I can think about is risks and being looked at as the mom that drugs her kid with alcohol.


mibarra 01-24-2013 01:40 PM

Re: Alright Mamas help me out, please! (Teething question)
I have heard of the whiskey. It's a very small amount, and is also supposed to help the teeth break though sooner. I found a natural Orajel that seemed to help. Also frozen damp washcloths. I spent a fortune in teething toys. If he's heaving some cold symptoms I also used to put a folded towel under the side of the mattress with the head to elevate it just a little to relieve sinus pain. :)

Shimpie 01-24-2013 02:59 PM

Re: Alright Mamas help me out, please! (Teething question)
Childrens ibuprofen was the only thing that worked on my horrible teether. That and nearly non stop nursing. As soon as those 2 year old molars come in, I think I may be able to wean....maybe.

Spunkify 01-25-2013 04:25 PM

Re: Alright Mamas help me out, please! (Teething question)
They may be premolars, I haven't done the count and correlated it to the chart. Motrin (name brand Ibuprofen) is what was providing him some relief, but he was still miserable.

I gave him a bath last night and put a few drops of Lavender EO in it. I decided to sleep on the couch, Noah sleeps in the big bed, to see if being away from the milk supply would help him sleep better. Daddy brought him out to me three times to nurse, I took him back in when he was done. Daddy also said he woke up a few more times that he didn't bring him out. That's better than triple that (or more) he has been waking up the last few nights but now I don't know if it's because of the EO or me. Eh, oh well.

On a good note, he has seemed to be in a better mood today, yay! I plan another Lavender EO bath for him tonight and we'll take it from there.

As far as nursing and teething go, he nurses on demand around the clock as it is. He's reduced the number of day nursing recently, I'm guessing because of teething pain, just like he's reduced how much or of what he's eating. We won't wean right now unless he wants to wean, but I know what it's like to be a teether toy and feel your pain!

Wet wash cloths are toys that he slings around. He wouldn't suck on them, but I do give him popsicles. Up until we ran out I was letting him have several a day because I figured they helped his mouth feel better. I need to make more and buy some more from the store since we only have 6 molds so far.

Shimpie 01-25-2013 10:14 PM

Re: Alright Mamas help me out, please! (Teething question)
Glad he's feeling better. Hopefully it doesn't last long.

Dd likes to eat frozen fruit, like frozen strawberries or blueberries as an appetizer before meals. I think it numbs he pain just enough to get a few bites of food in. I think DD's sleepless teething nights were a mix of hunger and pain. She was often it too much pain to find her appetite.

PurpleDaffodil 01-26-2013 09:34 PM

Re: Alright Mamas help me out, please! (Teething question)
I hope he feels better, make sure to research lavender EO and boys. It's not recommended to use with them, especially their private areas.

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