Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Racoon | 2010-03-24


Re Post 794 - Please help us?

Dear Paed

I have read that ibuprofen has faster acting and longer lasting analgesia for teething pain than paracetamol. Last night I gave him the recommended dosage of Nurofen, and he slept until 01h00 (6 hours). After that he was waking every 45 minutes. I am not sure if he''s waking due to the teething pain or whether he has become ''addicted'' to his bottle. As most VERY tired parents we''ve sucumbed by giving him bits of milk (about 50 ml) whenever he wakes for the past week. What is the next step? Should I first try and give him a second dose of meds at 01h00, or should I try and get him ''off'' his bottle. Please understand that both my husband and I are severly sleep deprived as we''ve been getting up at least 7 times a night for the little chap. We also have a 4 yo son and I am 15 weeks pregnant with our third son and both of us are in senior positions at our jobs. We''re doing our best, but really need some help. Our paed charges R500 per visit, which I would like to save as a last resort. Your kind help will therefore be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Expert's Reply



I have no problem with a single dose of Nurofen at bedtime.Please try the Teejel as well. You will create an additional problem if you keep giving him milk when he wakes every 45 minutes. You do not need to see a paediatrician as you know what the problem is.It is now difficult to know if it his teething or the milk which is the reason for his waking all the time.

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Posted by: h | 2010-03-24

Wait until he wakes up in the early morning hours then give hime a dose of panado or nurofen... you have to get some rest too... just know that this will not last forever!!!

Good luck :-)

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Posted by: Snoopy | 2010-03-24

Hi Racoon,

My two cents worth - start taking it easy. I really don''t know how you cope, I am struggling with 2 small boys and also get up 5 - 10 times a night. I am sleeping in a separate room with my 9 month old. It is not worth cramming in so much into your life, you gonna end up depressed because of the sleep deprivation.

I wish you all the luck, especially with your pregnancy.

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