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Teething troubles

My 6 month old is teething but refuses the teething rings, room temp, cold or frozen. Any moms have any recommendations of what has worked for them?

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  1. The only thing that ever worked for my girls was Acetaminophen for the pain or discomfort.

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    1. Thanks Melissa. I tried some for the fever and it helped a lot.

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  2. Here is a Dad’s input:

    Our 4 month old already has 3 teeth pushing through, but, the typical ring is a bit big for his mouth. So, we have tried some alternatives.

    One thing to try are Teething tablets. They ease the pain a bit. The brand we use is Hylands and we get them at Toy’s R Us. They are tiny tablets that dissolve quickly. An added benefit is that they are homeopathic.

    Next is using a Teething Feeder (Google it, if you aren’t familiar with it). They are also available at Toy’s R Us. If your baby isn’t on solids yet, then you can simply put an ice cube in the net. If your baby IS on solids, I would recommend freezing a slice of banana, then put it in the net. But, the great thing about it is that you can customize it to suit your baby. Use ANY food that they like and serve it at ANY temperature that they are comfortable with.

    I will admit though, our son feels that the best solution is fingers (his or ours).

    Good luck.

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    1. Thanks! I guess I should have said moms or dads. I will look for the teething tablets Robert and try them out! The teething feeder sounds messy. Do the solid foods come out and get on things?Thanks!

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      1. With the feeders, we’ve only used frozen bananas and as it melts, he just sucks it in. So, it doesn’t get messy. If you give him something that is initially mushy, then, I guess that could get messy.

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        1. Thanks!

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    2. I liked the teething feeders, too.

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    3. Robert thanks for the info. I bought some of the Hyland tabs and they seem to really help her. I’ll have to get one of the feeders next 🙂

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      1. This is great to hear.

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  3. Agree with Melissa that Tylenol is the best, used when really needed, and we also put wet washcloths in the freezer. Old school but was better than many of the commercial teethers. The Sophie the Giraffe toy was also a favorite and can be used from birth on.

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    1. Oh yes. We do have a Sophie and she loves it! Its funny watching her chew on it sometimes.

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    2. Cold washcloths in the freezer are the best! They really do work!

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      1. Thanks Shelley! Olivia loved the washcloth. It seemed to help a lot.

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  4. I agree – the teething feeders are awesome! You can do frozen grapes, mango, anything works! Are you nursing? I used to express breast milk onto little washcloths and freeze them. Our babies loved munching on those! Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Kristen! I tried the washcloth and she loved it!

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  5. For my patients I recommend fingers or a damp clean rag that has been in the freezer for 15 minutes or so, and if the pain is severe, acetaminophen. Checking your infant’s acetaminophen dose at each well child visit ensures that you are dosing them correctly. Some babies love the official teething products, like Sophie the Giraffe and some don’t. I think Robert’s suggestion about the Teething Feeder is brilliant!
    I avoid teething tablets as they are not FDA approved and have not been scientifically tested to prove they work so I cannot confidently recommend them.

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    1. Thanks Dr. Sara! I tried the cold washcloth and it seemed to help a lot. I also am going to look for a feeder this week and try it out. I did try the Hyland tabs but did not know they weren’t FDA approved. Good to know. Thanks again!

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      1. That’s the Catch 22 with all of the Alternative and Homeopathic remedies for adults and children.

        Since they don’t contain man made drugs, they aren’t required to get FDA approval or meet FDA guidelines regarding approved uses, doses or side effects. Plus they don’t come with the typical pharmaceutical drug inserts explaining side effects and what to do.

        With homeopathic remedies, YOU have to do the research.

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        1. OK, I gotcha. Thanks Robert. I’ll check in to it.

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