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Any suggestions for getting DS to sleep for longer stretches at night while teething? Some background: We co-sleep, but have a twin mattress on the floor next to our queen mattress so I can nurse DS to sleep and then move up to be with DH once he falls asleep... then back to the twin when DS wakes, then back to the queen... then back and forth... mostly because we've found that "real" co-sleeping, with my nipple near DS's face all night, doesn't give either of us quality sleep.<br><br>
He usually only sleeps 45 minutes - 2 hours at a time maximum, so I'm used to nursing him all night. Well, the past week or so, he's inconsolable when waking in the middle of the night (not like him), and though the nursing will eventually help him to calm down, he flails and fidgets... we've taken him into our bed now for most of the night, but I think that's bringing us back to the problem of breast distraction, where the constant nipple access makes for cranky sleep. He's gotten his first two teeth, so I just know this is teething-related. Is there anything I can do, or do I just need to wait it out? About how long will this last, anyway? I thought the sleepless nights were bad before, but that was just sleeplessness that affected me and DH. Now it's even worse, since DS is joining the misery! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Any suggestions for nighttime teething are appreciated!
 

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have you tried Chamomile? If it's truly teething it can work wonders...It's been a GODSEND in my house!<br><br>
Are you sure it's not an ear infection?
 

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For ds1, we swore by Hyland's teething tablets, or chamomila. They worked wonders for him. Ds2 is an entirely different story. First of all, his teething lasts for weeks, or even a month. His teeth take FOREVER to come in. And within that month timeframe, there will be at least 3 nights when he goes beyond restless and is screaming in pain. I admit that I have broken down and given him tylenol during these times, and if you knew how anti-meds I am, you would know what a big deal this is for me. On the nights that he is simply uncomfortable, but not screaming, often times teething gel helps him. But other than that I guess we just weather through it.
 

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Forgive my ignorance, but do you mean taking chammomile myself, or is it all the tablets?<br><br>
And how can I tell if it's an ear infection?
 

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homeopathic chamomilla is by itself in pellet form or liquid<br>
you can make a tea also if they will drink it mine won't<br>
as for the ear infection usually for us anyway, they crop up at nite and they are in horrible pain that is worse when they lay flat...need to have someone look in dc's ears w/an otoscope to know for sure. Mullien garlic drops are said to work wonders....thankfully we have only had 2 early on when dc #1 was and infant...good luck<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hylands teething tablets work well for us too. DS was an early and long teether. He also seemed more bothered by teething then other babies i have known. I tried a few different brands, but Hylands disolved the easiest for us.<br><br>
I haven't tried teething gel, as I couldn't get comfortable with the fact that it was numbing.<br><br>
If tablets don't work I do use Motrin.<br><br>
We had our first ear infection about two weeks ago. DS's ear was hot to the touch and he protested laying down. I did go to the dr, but decided against antibiotic prescription and opted for the garlic mullin drops instead. I warmed the bottle, gave 2 drops and in 4 doses (1.5 days) the infection was gone.<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
Kris<br>
owen, 16 months<br>
edd 10/14
 
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