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negative*nancy
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I have a severely unhappy little man on my hands - and i'm not exactly sure why.

Today's just been a really 'off' day for him - he's been restless, doesn't seem interested in eating or sleeping much... but when i tried some cereal, he gobbled it up and promptly snoozed after.

I'm thinking this -might- be a teething thing... but i tried tylenol a few minutes ago, so we're waiting to see if it helps... but nothing seems to be soothing him right now ...

i don't know what to do!


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Sounds like it could be teething. Is he extra drooly and/or bitey?

The only thing that worked really well for Evan was to wet down a wash-cloth with very cold water and let him chew on it. Has a cooling / scrubbing effect on the gums, and it kept him hydrated when he was refusing to drink. Might be worth a try!

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He's been drooley lately... but he's usually pretty bitey. Atleast he's not doing it during feeding anymore... ouch!

But that's not a bad thought.... i should try the washcloth...

I have some adult orajel... is this too strong for his gums?

...my grandmother's got him now... and it sounds like he's a little bit quieter...

anyhoo.. thanks!


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you should get some baby orajel. it does sound to me like he is teething. you can give him popsicles that is what i did and they would eat them all day and it really helped, and then at night i would give them tylenol and put baby orajel on their gums. it helped alot. and he probably wont eat a whole lot while he is teething unless it is something cold like ice cream or something of the sort.
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Yes i recommend the baby orajel. When my cousin went through the teething stage my aunt would use that and it seemed to help out a lot. Anything cold would help soothe, the popsicles or icecream would also help.
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nix on the icecream and popsicles - he's only 5 months

i have icecubes of breastmilk -- maybe he'd like those?

he eventually settled down... but it was weird. I'd never seen him more wired than he was today.

I -think- it was the orajel that did the trick. He didn't seem to mind that it was adult strength, either.

thanks for the tips, guys!


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While I have little hands on experience with teething babies, I know that over here, many people use cheap water filled bite rings that you can put into the fridge (on the rings it say not in the freezer, because that would be too cold) for teething kids to chew on. So how about that? Pretty much like the great washcloth advice from aria, but my guess would be that the rings might keep the temperature a little longer.

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I have nothin really to add except you should not be using adult strength oragel. Infant oragel is the way to go. The cool teething rings are also very good.

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I ran out today and got some baby anbesol for him. He seemed to be much appreciative.

I tried the refridgerated teething rings, but he doesn't seem to be able to get them into his mouth very well... it makes him all flustered. Although, the washcloths are a big hit... he was waving it about like a flag yesterday and laughing hysterically... it was pretty funny


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When the teething rings are the kind you fill with water yourself, that's okay, but if they come pre-filled, I'd avoid using them. Especially when they're cheaply made, liable to break, and the countries they're made in don't always have the cleanest water . . . you see where I'm going.
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i see where you're going.

it's okay, though - he doesn't seem to like the teething rings, anyways.

we'll just stick to the washcloths.

he really likes to wrap his thumb in his shirt - and suck that.

i say whatever works...


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Well, howdy. Remember me (vaguely) from KHP? I was the little Diva Broccoli girl who hung out in the ED forum.

Anyways, when I was a littlun, after my mum had finished a cob of corn, she'd wash it, cut it into two pieces and put in the freezer. Once it was hard and cold, she'd give it to me to gnaw on. It really helps teething, I hear.

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