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When we give motrin or tylenol at night for teething our dd really does sleep better, but it feels like there is teeth coming in so often in the first two years. I guess I was just curious if you use these meds for teething how often you would use them in a month, week, day?
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I have 3 dc, ages 4.5, 2.5, and 9 months. I only used tylenol with my second, and only a handful of times when he was really miserable. When he would let me, and with the other two, I give them ice water, rub their gums, nurse lots and lots, hold them lots, massage their jaws, a little bit of hyland's teething tablets, or give them a cool washcloth to chew on or an actual teether.

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Once so far (she's on her second tooth at 7 months old). She was just having such a bad night and seemed miserable. I think it helped.

Usually something cold to chew on works well enough, though.

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DS is 10 mths, and we've only used tylenol for teething once, in an emergency situation. I considered it an emergency, anyway, because the poor kid wouldn't nurse or sleep. It was miserable. Tylenol was a last resort after teething tablets, ice and baby orajel.

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Not at all. The teethers she can chew on seem to give her enough relief.

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We only give Tylenol if they are really uncomfortable and unable to sleep. I think for my daughter that was around 6 times for all her teeth and my son was maybe 3 times for all his teeth.

During the day, we use cold teethers and washclothes and nursing, but at night, Tylenol was very helpfull in letting them go to sleep.

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For teething, we'll use it at night. Motrin mostly since it's an anti-inflammatory. She handles teething pretty well, but it makes her restless at night. Motrin helps her settle and sleep well. So, I'll give it to her once at night for however long she seems uncomfortable. Usually a few days at a time.

If I'm using it for a fever, Tylenol can be given every 4 hours, Motrin every 6. We've only had to do that once, for a day.

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never. we use hylands teething tablets. they work great.
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We've only used it once. I think it was right when they were cutting through the gum and he was acting like he felt horrible. I mostly use teething tablets and orajel. He always makes the funniest faces when we use the orajel but man DH and I decided to try it out ourselves a few weeks ago and I can see why now. Yuuuck.

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Never. We use Hylands teething tablets and clove oil for babies.

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When we give motrin or tylenol at night for teething our dd really does sleep better, but it feels like there is teeth coming in so often in the first two years. I guess I was just curious if you use these meds for teething how often you would use them in a month, week, day?
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In my home, conventional medicine augments homeopathy. Homeopathic treatments are utilized first and conventional medicine is utilized, if necessary.

DD's severe teething pain simply wasn't relieved with teething tablets, cold wash cloths, or wooden teething rings alone. DD was given some acetominophen (Tylenol) when she was in noticible teething pain. During these periods, I wasn't giving her more than two or three doses per 24 hours (late afternoon, before bed and middle of the night). These periods usually lasted no more than 2 days.

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I've used tylenol twice with my son when he had pretty much been crying all day. For the most part we use cold washcloths for him to chew.
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I just did it for the first time tonight. DS is normally a super happy baby and he rarely cries (and never cries for no reason.) Tonight he was crying on and off for nearly 2 hours and wouldn't nurse or fall asleep. I could tell he's cutting a tooth. I tried teething toys and a cold wet washcloth, but nothing helped for more than a few minutes...and then he'd begin crying again. So I broke down and gave him some tylenol. He fell asleep about 30 minutes later. Poor baby.

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In my home, conventional medicine augments homeopathy. Homeopathic treatments are utilized first and conventional medicine is utilized, if necessary.

DD's severe teething pain simply wasn't relieved with teething tablets, cold wash cloths, or wooden teething rings alone. DD was given some acetominophen (Tylenol) when she was in noticible teething pain. During these periods, I wasn't giving her more than two or three doses per 24 hours (late afternoon, before bed and middle of the night). These periods usually lasted no more than 2 days.

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We try everything else first, distraction, cuddles, hylands, teethers, cold things to chew on, etc. If nothing works I give her one dose in the afternoon (when it usually peaks), one before bed if she is in pain again, and very rarely in the middle of the night if she is inconsolable.

It is a last resort to me but if everything else fails to bring her comfort and calm her down, I don't hesitate to relieve her pain. I think the important thing is that you do try other remedies and don't go for the drugs first!

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Be careful with Tylenol. It depletes the glutathione in the liver.

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we have never given Motrin/Tylenol for teething. We prefer natural ways (like a cold wash cloth, lots of cuddling, ect)..I found that if my little man got use to the teething pain it was easier in the long run. He currently has 4 teeth and is working on another 2. Now it never bothers him. It was hard a first but worth it in the end.

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