Posted by: Helena | 2005/12/09


Teething at 5 months?

My baby is just over 5 months and I think he is teething. Last night he woke up around 10am screaming and crying which is very unusual for him as he is usually in bed by 7pm and sleeps through. Checked nappy, temp and tried to give him a bottle(wasn't hungry). He seemed in so much pain so in the end gave him Stopain for babies and he was okay after that and went to sleep until 6am this morning. Is this the right thing to do. My husband says I shouldn't give him medication but he was in so much pain. His hand is always in his mouth and he chews his fingers or anything he can get hold of.

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He may well be teething. You handled things very well last night.

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Posted by: Ilse | 2005/12/09

Hi there,

Stopayne helps to break a fever and is also good for pain. It does make them drowsy though. If you suspect that he is teething, rub some teething powder like Vidol on his gums. Also get him a teething ring which you can put in the refridgerator, as the coldness numbs their gums. Sometimes I even give my little one a piece of biltong to chew on it seems to relieve some of his discomfort. If he seems to be like this all the time though, rather have him checked out by your paediatrician.

Good Luck

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