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I was not really prepared for how cranky teething was going to make dd... She had a short nursing strike yesterday (10 hours), and is a very reluctant nurser right now... she has to be very very sleepy. She has her 2 bottom teeth in, and I think she's working on her top ones right now.<br><br>
I've been giving her Hyland's teething tablets, cold washcloths to suck on, partially frozen banana to gnaw on, she's been chewing on everything (of course!), and I also gave her baby Tylenol... which leads me to my question- I just read in another thread that Tylenol is not good- can someone give me an explanation why? Also, are there other things that I should try to help relieve the pain?<br><br>
One more question- how common are nursing strikes with teething? I assume it'll get better when the pain lets up- is it likely this'll happen again once we get through this bit?<br><br>
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DD is 9mo and working on her 8th tooth, which is giving her a really hard time, almost as hard as her 1st tooth. Hers like to come out one at a time and verrrry slowly, so she's been constanly teething since 4mo. it's worst when the tooth is near the surface.<br><br>
i think tylenol is "bad" if you OD on it, just like anything else. there are people out there who don't pay attention to proper dosage. but we never used the stuff because i prefer to stick with homeopathics. we use boiron's camilia to OK effect. have also tried single remedy camomilla and phytolacca (for the biting) to OK effect. viburcol also worked for us (a general homeopathic pain reliever) nothing gets ride of the pain, but i don't think anything does. best you can do with natural remedies is to take the edge off.<br><br>
ice cubes will numb the gums better than numbing gels.<br><br>
DD went on strike for her first 2 teeth, then alternated between striking and nursing all the time for the subsequent teeth. all normal, i'm told. when she was striking (which she kinda is right now) i found the only way to feed her way when she was really sleepy, so i'd usually just rock her to sleep in the sling, then put her down and stick my boob in her mouth.<br><br>
i'm reading a great book on teething right now, "the complete teething guide" by kathy arnos. i strongly recommend this book. she details her observations and research on how teething can cause all sorts of physical and emotional symptoms, from diarrhea to ADD, and also lasts throughout adolescence when the wisdom teeth arrive. it's also a guide to natural dental health. i'm not done yet but i think i'll be using it as a reference for a long time because i really haven't found any other "manual" that goes into teething and dental care in such detail. and she affirms that it's a big deal for babies and children, also something that no one ever told me!!
 

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Mine is 11 mo and has never had a nursing strike...it's worse than that! She has nurse-a-thons! Last night was particularly bad 2 1/2 hours straight nursing till she passed out hard enough. I've tried Hyland's gel and it did not work, but she Really likes Boiron's Camillia. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> It's been really hard - I want to cry out in pain as loud as she does. she was nursing so long, I was all out of milk and very sore nipples, and then she gets upset, or has a shot of pain and bites me - yyyyeeeaaahhhhoooooo!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">:<br><br>
She's been having these pains since 6 mo. I'd like to know how uch longer to expect it also...6 more months? another year? two years!? Does it hurt this much for every tooth or just the first few?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/scared.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scared">
 
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