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How can we help our child sleep while teething?

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Dr. Robert Devin
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Teething in Babies

Teething in infants or toddlers can be painful enough to prevent sleep.
Parents should check the area for pus or bleeding. If so seek a consultation with a pediatricdds or a pediatrician . If not infected, a topical over the counter oralgel type medicine is readily available to numb the gum. A chilled teething ring works.Warm slightly before using. Kids tylenol (acetaminophen) is ok. No ice which can cause choking.

In brief: Teething in Babies

Teething in infants or toddlers can be painful enough to prevent sleep.
Parents should check the area for pus or bleeding. If so seek a consultation with a pediatricdds or a pediatrician . If not infected, a topical over the counter oralgel type medicine is readily available to numb the gum. A chilled teething ring works.Warm slightly before using. Kids tylenol (acetaminophen) is ok. No ice which can cause choking.
Dr. Robert Devin
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Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Teething

Please see your pediatrician for advice or a recommendation on how to use otc children pain relief products as there have been too many parents who believe more is better and the child ods (these drugs are dosed by the weight of the child and cannot be used in excess of the dose recommended).
Please see your pediatrician.

In brief: Teething

Please see your pediatrician for advice or a recommendation on how to use otc children pain relief products as there have been too many parents who believe more is better and the child ods (these drugs are dosed by the weight of the child and cannot be used in excess of the dose recommended).
Please see your pediatrician.
Dr. Peter Karsant
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Dr. Brian Hoffman
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Frozen Pacifier

Being a dad and dentist, i had the same issue! i found a great way to help our little one get through teething difficulties: i filled the inside of her binky (pacifier) with water, then placed it in the freezer. Once frozen, she chews and sucks on it, relieving the swelling and pain of her gums, while this is happening, she drifts off to sleep.
It worked really well for me, and should for you!

In brief: Frozen Pacifier

Being a dad and dentist, i had the same issue! i found a great way to help our little one get through teething difficulties: i filled the inside of her binky (pacifier) with water, then placed it in the freezer. Once frozen, she chews and sucks on it, relieving the swelling and pain of her gums, while this is happening, she drifts off to sleep.
It worked really well for me, and should for you!
Dr. Brian Hoffman
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Dr. Alexandra Jaquery
Dentistry - Cosmetic
3 doctors agree

In brief: Your presence helps

Passifiers and rubber toys that your baby can scratch the gums are helpful.
They sometimes like to do it on your shoulders or fingers. Mostf all, your presence and love are most comforting to your baby!

In brief: Your presence helps

Passifiers and rubber toys that your baby can scratch the gums are helpful.
They sometimes like to do it on your shoulders or fingers. Mostf all, your presence and love are most comforting to your baby!
Dr. Alexandra Jaquery
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Mild pain reliever

Usually Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) works best on teething children.
You can also put them to bed with a chilled chew toy to cool and sooth sore gums.

In brief: Mild pain reliever

Usually Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) works best on teething children.
You can also put them to bed with a chilled chew toy to cool and sooth sore gums.
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Acetaminophen

I agree with dr. Webb.
If the pain is severe occasional use of Acetaminophen can be helpful. The process of teething can last for months as the teeth move through the jaw to erupt through the gums. Pain is intermittent and probably relates to the periods when the teeth move toward the surface. Massaging the gums with a cold wash rag or using a food net with cold fruit may be helpful.

In brief: Acetaminophen

I agree with dr. Webb.
If the pain is severe occasional use of Acetaminophen can be helpful. The process of teething can last for months as the teeth move through the jaw to erupt through the gums. Pain is intermittent and probably relates to the periods when the teeth move toward the surface. Massaging the gums with a cold wash rag or using a food net with cold fruit may be helpful.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Comfort measures

Teething can cause some mild pain for your child, making it uncomfortable for them to get to sleep.
Help them go to sleep by playing music, rubbing their back, talking to them. Sometimes nursing or warm milk before bed can help, as well as gentle gum massage. The pain from teething should only last a couple of days.

In brief: Comfort measures

Teething can cause some mild pain for your child, making it uncomfortable for them to get to sleep.
Help them go to sleep by playing music, rubbing their back, talking to them. Sometimes nursing or warm milk before bed can help, as well as gentle gum massage. The pain from teething should only last a couple of days.
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Age of child?

Not sure of your child's age.
Oftentimes pacifier or thumb sucking can be very helpful because pressure on the gums feels good and is soothing. During sleep these items are okay since there is no choking risk. Avoid things like washcloth or small material/toy that can be choking risk. Massaging gums can help poke a tooth out during the day so it is less painful during sleep/night.

In brief: Age of child?

Not sure of your child's age.
Oftentimes pacifier or thumb sucking can be very helpful because pressure on the gums feels good and is soothing. During sleep these items are okay since there is no choking risk. Avoid things like washcloth or small material/toy that can be choking risk. Massaging gums can help poke a tooth out during the day so it is less painful during sleep/night.
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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Dr. Scott Dubowsky
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Old fashioned remedy

If your child is an infant, try putting a moistened washcloth in the freezer to get partially frozen, and let the baby teeth on that for awhile while you are observing

In brief: Old fashioned remedy

If your child is an infant, try putting a moistened washcloth in the freezer to get partially frozen, and let the baby teeth on that for awhile while you are observing
Dr. Scott Dubowsky
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Dr. Jaime Quejada
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Numbing gel

Topical anesthetic may also help.

In brief: Numbing gel

Topical anesthetic may also help.
Dr. Jaime Quejada
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2 comments
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
be careful; I saw 2 cases of poisoning with numbing gel when I was a resident.
Dr. Eyal Simchi
agree numbing gel is not very effective. There is also a risk of methemoglobinemia with gels that contain benzocaine.
Dr. Michael Farr
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Here are some ideas

Try placing orajel (children's version) in the mouth right before bed.
Also try giving the child a water filled chew toy ring that you freeze and let her/him suck on it while going to bed. A very cold bottle of water might also help. Just get through this period. It will get better.

In brief: Here are some ideas

Try placing orajel (children's version) in the mouth right before bed.
Also try giving the child a water filled chew toy ring that you freeze and let her/him suck on it while going to bed. A very cold bottle of water might also help. Just get through this period. It will get better.
Dr. Michael Farr
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Teething

In brief: Teething

Try orajel & baby tylenol, (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen.
Dr. Alan Ali
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1 comment
Dr. Oscar Novick
Ibuprofen works better
Dr. Jeffrey Krantz
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: yes

Take a carrot and put it into the freezer. Give to the child while he is teething.
Second: using a q tip take a sweet liquor such as southern comfort and wipe on the area in which he/she is teething. It is not enough alcohol to endanger the child but it will numb the area.

In brief: yes

Take a carrot and put it into the freezer. Give to the child while he is teething.
Second: using a q tip take a sweet liquor such as southern comfort and wipe on the area in which he/she is teething. It is not enough alcohol to endanger the child but it will numb the area.
Dr. Jeffrey Krantz
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Dr. Eyal Simchi
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Baby motrin

Baby tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin will usually do the trick.
Avoid over the counter topical pain relievers containing Benzocaine because they are usually not too effective and have been linked to rare cases of methemoglobinemia. You can also try chilling a pacifier in the freezer and giving that to your child before bed. Good luck!

In brief: Baby motrin

Baby tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin will usually do the trick.
Avoid over the counter topical pain relievers containing Benzocaine because they are usually not too effective and have been linked to rare cases of methemoglobinemia. You can also try chilling a pacifier in the freezer and giving that to your child before bed. Good luck!
Dr. Eyal Simchi
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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Advil/motrin

Better than tylenol (acetaminophen), (acetaminophen) because both work on pain but advil/motrin works on inflammation, tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't.
And when you are cutting teeth, there is a lot of inflammation going on. But, the child must be over 6 months to get it.

In brief: Advil/motrin

Better than tylenol (acetaminophen), (acetaminophen) because both work on pain but advil/motrin works on inflammation, tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't.
And when you are cutting teeth, there is a lot of inflammation going on. But, the child must be over 6 months to get it.
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Diane Stacey
Dentistry

In brief: Teething

Chewing on cold rubberized rings or massaging the gum area and placing some "numzit" creamon the area.

In brief: Teething

Chewing on cold rubberized rings or massaging the gum area and placing some "numzit" creamon the area.
Dr. Diane Stacey
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Dr. Jeannine Weiss
Dentistry - Pediatric

In brief: Motrin

Based on peripheral pain symptoms - aches; tylenol (acetaminophen) is not as effective.
Massaging the gums- extra soft toothbrush may also assist by increasing the circulations to the area.

In brief: Motrin

Based on peripheral pain symptoms - aches; tylenol (acetaminophen) is not as effective.
Massaging the gums- extra soft toothbrush may also assist by increasing the circulations to the area.
Dr. Jeannine Weiss
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In brief: Baby Anbesol

Before bedtime use a cool refrigerated teething ring with some baby anbesol to help baby sleep .
. Baby's like to put pressure on teeth that are cutting through. Liquid Motrin at an age appropriate dose will help also.

In brief: Baby Anbesol

Before bedtime use a cool refrigerated teething ring with some baby anbesol to help baby sleep .
. Baby's like to put pressure on teeth that are cutting through. Liquid Motrin at an age appropriate dose will help also.
Dr. Lawrence Grodin
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry

In brief: Camomile

Camomile is very soothing.
Take 2 camomile tea bags in a cup of hot water. Add about a quarter cup of apple juice and pour into ice cube tray. Freeze. Wrap a cube or 2 in a cloth and let your baby suck on this. Camomile is very soothing and will help sleep.

In brief: Camomile

Camomile is very soothing.
Take 2 camomile tea bags in a cup of hot water. Add about a quarter cup of apple juice and pour into ice cube tray. Freeze. Wrap a cube or 2 in a cloth and let your baby suck on this. Camomile is very soothing and will help sleep.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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