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Is There Something That I Can Give My Child To Relieve The Pain Of Teething
Is it safe to give an 8 month old baby Infant Tylenol (acetaminophen) every day during teething to help with teething pain & discomfort? Baby's weight is 18 lbs.
Cold and pressure: In the same way ice works on a sprained ankle to numb pain and reduce swelling, cold compresses and other items soothe sore gums. Try a refrigerated pacifier or teether, or, put a wet washcloth in a clean plastic bag and chill it in the refrigerator. If nothing is working and your baby needs relief, consult your doctor and they might recommend trying an over-the-counter painkiller, like Tylenol. ...Read more
My child 6months has feveris good in morning.Temp degrees and goes to 38.5 to dinner.What should I give?The opportunities are there any teeth to come
Evaluate: Your child may be teething, 6 months is average start time. Children's Motrin or Children's Tylenol (acetaminophen) can help. A teething ring is very soothing. But you should also see the Pediatrician to make sure fever isn't sign of infection/cold/other reasons. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your Dentist: Fluoride intake must be very carefully controlled to assure efficacy without harm. See your dentist to review Fluoride in water supply, toothpaste, supplements, mouth washes, etc. Don't do this yourself, see dentist or preferably pediatric dental specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not likely : Early childhood caries is usually caused by too much sugary foods and drink. Putting infants to bed with a bottle of juice or milk will cause decay also. It is good to brush the child's teeth or wipe the gums with a wash cloth if teeth aren't erupted yet. A little bit of ice cream every now and then is fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 7 month baby is teething and cry while in sleep and chew objects.Wot medicine we should give him for easy teething and relieve gums?
Wait; no benzocaine: There are many soothing remedies. I have to disagree with my colleagues here. Whatever you do, avoid using numbing gels like anbesol or orajel. Anything that contains Benzocaine can precipitate a rare but dangerous reaction called methemoglobinemia. http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm306062.htm. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Our six month old infant is teething. Baby paracetamol (calpol) provides definite relief. The insert says we can give it to him up to 4 times per day. But for how long can we do this safely? 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month?
Teething is normal: This is another name for acetaminophen and it is a mild analgesic only. It is OK to use this infrequently. Acetaminophen has its own drawbacks and that can be looked-up online. Try to let your child chew on a cold clean rag or something, it helps. This will come and go and they will get through this, and so will you!! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is drinking any kind of juice bad for a child's teeth? I read that children should only be drinking milk and water, but our son likes apple juice as well. Should we stop giving him that entirely?
Austin, I : Austin, i am not in agreement with either of my respected colleagues. Plain and simple, prolonged repeated exposure to sugar water can be horrible for your kids teeth. Sugar water goes by the name of the obvious and not so obvious; soda, sports drinks and fruit juice. Oh wait, but maybe it's all natural 100% certified organic fruit juice. Then repeated prolonged exposure to this will still cause just as many cavities between your child's teeth. I'm going to be very clear, at no point did a juice box fall off the branch of a juice box tree. But wait again, if it is mixed 50/50 with water then bathing teeth in half as much sugar will still cause just as many cavities. I see more kids in my upper class well educated location with this issue day after day. Before i get juice-aholics emailing incesently, all juice is not bad. In fact, juice is not bad at all. It is just in the way we consume it that can cause devastating and rampant cavities. Siping sugar water out of a sippy cup, sports drinks on the bench at a three hour baseball game, repeatedly taking a gulp every 15 minutes while watching tv 4 hours after school everyday will cause rampant cavities between your child's teeth. Every time your child drinks anything with sugar it feeds the bacteria that we all have. This bacteria then produces acid which demineralizes the protective layer of our teeth called enamel. It takes about 15-20 minutes for our bodies saliva to naturally neutralize this acid and stop the progression of damage. But your child's repeated exposure to even low levels of sugar water starts that clock back at 15-20 more minutes till the damaging process stops. Thus, 3-4 hours of low level sugar water exposure every day causes a hugh amount of damage. The trick is to drink it all at once and then cleanse the mouth of the acid buildup. Sugar water with meals tends not to result in this damage. When we eat we produce extra saliva, neutralizing the acid. Plus, we only eat for a limited time. In addition, I have never seen a child get cavities by eating actual apples all day. The sugar is not nearly as concentrated and the fiber literally wipes the sugar away, plus the extra neutralizing saliva. In the end, fruit is good, fruit juice with limits is good. Hope this is helpful, michael i. Wollock, dmd, agd fellow dentistry at suburban square 610-649-0313. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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