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#1 of 9 Old 03-29-2006, 03:05 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Advice on teething is welcome......

I think our baby is working on his first tooth. He's started drooling uncontrolably and chewing on things (fingers, toys, etc.) rather than sucking like he used to. And today he wasn't feeling well because even though all his needs were taken care of, just started crying and crying (dry diaper, didn't want to nurse, already been burped, already passed gas, etc.) This wasn't just fussing - he got to the point of that deep-throated, body-wracking, hysterical crying. It broke my heart. Thank God he eventually just fell sound asleep. Poor thing.... I was holding him the whole time and even tried rubbing his gums and putting Orasol on his gums, and offering a teething ring and letting him chew on a toothbrush.... but nothing helped. This is awful! Anyone have advice - or want to comiserate?
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Sometimes, I think they're just scared. I mean, in so many ways Babies have such a beautifully protected life. Pain is a new concept and it's scary to feel out of control and uncertain. ANd, he'll pick up on your emotions, too.

So sorry for ds!

You'll find some great teething, etc ideas here. Both of my kids cut their 1st teeth at 2-3 months.
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nak. no advice, but i can commiserate! ds's teething seems to come and go... some days he'll be smilely and happy in the morning, and then just melt down... other days he is just really serious even when he's not crying... so unlike him. and he definitely has bouts when he is just inconsolable. i really haven't found anything that helps him much... i've tried the frozen wash cloth, massaging his gums... the only thing that seems to help is to take him outside for a walk, which will usually lull him to sleep. yesterday he could hardly nap, and then last night he slept for 4 hours for his long stretch (which is normally 6-8 hours) and then was up every hour (usually will go 2-3). waaaaaaaa!
but it is SO hard when he is obviously in pain and i can't make it better for him... he seems to have 3 or 4 little nubs on his gums, threatening to break through...
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I tried replying last night but my computer was being stupid.

I used Hylands Teething Tablets with my son and it seemed to help. They're super tiny and dissolve instantly.

We haven't gotten here with Samara yet, but here are some things that worked with my other 2.

Wet the corner of a clean wash cloth (the small baby wash cloths work well) and stick it in the freezer for a few min. Let baby chew on frozen corner. It will get warm and soggy quickly so put a few in the freezer at a time.

If your baby takes a pacifier, something I did was run it under cold water (just the nipple part) and stick in freezer for a few min. My son LOVED LOVED LOVED this!!! It really relieved a lot of his discomfort. This too would warm rather quickly, so I'd put a couple in the freezer and just switch out as needed.

This too shall pass.

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I'm not sure if Drew is teething or not. Evan didn't sprout his first until around 7 months or so, if I remember correctly. Drew isn't overly fussy, but in the last few days he hasn't wanted to nurse much. And he's all about chewing on his hands and little ring toys. I thought it was just normal baby oral fixation... but maybe not? Might he be teething? I can't feel any sharp edges in his mouth...
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Anyone know if teething tablets are safe for three-month-olds?

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Tori is doing the SAME thing and it is driving me up the wall. Nothing works and she cries herself to sleep a lot! I have tried everything except Hylands because of the deadly nightshade in it. Maybe I'm just being over cautious because it is a very small amount, but better safe than sorry
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Tori is doing the SAME thing and it is driving me up the wall. Nothing works and she cries herself to sleep a lot! I have tried everything except Hylands because of the deadly nightshade in it. Maybe I'm just being over cautious because it is a very small amount, but better safe than sorry
It's really such a miniscule amount that it's not harmful in the least. And it will provide relief for your baby.

Belladonna (nightshade) found in nature is toxic, but homeopathic belladonna is not toxic.

Here's some info I found:

http://www.hylands.com/teething_faqs.htm

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Gosh, I'm not sure if Simon is teething, too, or not, but lately he has been much more fussy than before. He has never been a baby to cry very much, but for a little while now, almost every day, he's had a couple of inconsolable crying bouts. It is so sad to see him cry and not be able to help much except cuddle him tightly. It's especially hard because he's not even accepting the breast for comfort at these times.

I don't see any visible teething signs on his gums, but he did have red cheeks for a while, and has been chewing on everything.

When their needs are met, do babies go through spells of inconsolable crying for no reason, or is it usually for something like teething?
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