Originally Posted by Swirly
I think every child is different and am always bemused by those who adamantly refuse to give pain meds to their babies and think those of us who do on occasion are doing the wrong thing. I have a highly sensitive/high needs/spirited child who has always been a horrible sleeper. When she is in pain from illness or teething, she can go DAYS without any sleep at all, which is not good for her and is probably even worse for mom and dad, especially when we are all sick.
When in high teething state, she can and will scream for hours at night. Hyland's tablets and camelia drops won't help at that point, but work well during the day usually. 1.875 ml of infant's Motrin administered an hour before bedtime when I know she is at this point will allow everyone in the house to get our usual sleep (meaning she only wakes up 3-4 times, instead of staying up all night screaming).
I have friends whose children didn't even whimper while teething, ever - so every child has a different level of pain tolerance and sensitivity. High needs children will usually have little to no tolerance for any physical discomfort.
I have to agree. Also with the pp who said her mom was not going to have more children because of teething... ME TOO!! My first is very high-needs, very sensitive, and I thought teething was going to be the death of us. I have never understood people who said, "oh, yes, the teeth just came through! No problem!"
Tylenol can cause liver toxicity at surprisingly low doses (12 grams/24 hours for an adult) and people have died - that is why they are required to have the black box warning. Motrin (and Advil - both ibuprofen) are hard on the stomach, and shouldn't be given on and empty stomach if you can help it. High doses are most likely to cause stomach irritation, but you aren't likely to die, like Tylenol. If you are ever unsure about any medication question ask your pharmacist. S/he knows far more about medication than any doctor.
I give motrin, usually at bedtime so she can fall asleep, but with molars, she will not nap with out it sometimes. It truly is something a mom has to watch her child and decide based on her child's needs.