Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: SAM | 2011/01/18

Q.

IS BABY STRUGLING WITH TEETHING

HI DOC

MY BABY GIRL IS A VERY HAPPY 8MONTH OLD BABY. SHE EATS WELL, PLAYS AND BESIDES NOT WANTING TO HAVE NAPS IN THE DAY IS A VERY SATISFIED CHILD. BUT FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS SHE HAS BEEN WAKING UP 3 TO 4 TIMES A NIGHT AND IS DRINKING A FULL BOTTLE THROUGH THE NIGHT. WHERE SHE WOULD EITHER WAKE UP ONCE OR SLEEP THROUGH. SHE IS NOT REALY EATING LIKE SHE USED TO AT THE MOMENT SO I UNDERSTAND IF SHE IS HUNGRY AT NIGHT FOR THIS REASON. SHE DOES NOT HAVE ANY TEETH YET. THE REASON I AM WONDERING IF IT IS HER TEETH COUSING ALL OF THIS MOODY, CRYING UPSET IS THAT HER GUMS GET EXTREMELY SWOLLEN AND RED THEN THE SWELLING GOES AGAIN AND THEN COMES AGAIN, IF I RUB ON HER GUMS WITH MY FINGER SHE CALMS DOWN AND WILL START TO SLEEP AGAIN. BUT ITS NOT FOR LONG THEN SHE WILL WAKE UP AND MOAN AGAIN. I HAVE BEEN USING A TOOTH SYRIP THAT I GOT FROM MY PHARMACY THAT THEY MIX THEMSELVES THE REASON I LIKE THIS ONE IS THAT IF I TEST IT ON MY TOUNGE IT NUMBES THE PAIN BUT I CAN STILL FEEL MY TOUNGE. SOME OF THE TOOTH STUFF KILLS YOUR TOUNG COMPLETELY TO THE POINT THAT IF I BITE ON IT I CANT FEEL HOW HARD IM BITING AND IM SCARED IT I GIVE HER THESE PRODUCTS SHE MIGHT BITE HER GUMS OPEN ON SOMETHING AND HURT HERSELF.

DOES IT SOUND LIKE SHE IS JUST HAVING VERY BAD TEETHING PAINS? IF SO CAN YOU RECEMEND SOMETHING THAT I CAN GIVE HER.

PLEASE THIS MOMMY IS WORKING AND NEEDS TO HELP HER BABY SO THAT SHE CAN GET SOME SLEEP SO THAT MOMMY CAN GET SOME SLEEP.

THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE GREAT ADVICE THAT YOU GIVE OUT AND FOR ALL OF THE TIME THAT IT TAKES FOR YOU TO GO THROUGH ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS THAT WE GIVE YOU.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Thank you, you are very welcome.Your baby daughter definitely seems to be having a bad time with her teething now. She will benefit from a safe teething jelly which is applied to her gums where the teeth appear to be coming through.Pansoral Teething Gel is safe and effective. If she continues to have pain or if the teething jelly does not help for long enough, then you can give her an occasional dose of Panado or Calpol syrup.

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