RinelleParticipantAugust 21, 2004 at 8:32 pmPost count: 2225
Just wondering if anyone can give me any pointers on natural teething remedies? Our 11 week old daughter seems to be teething (chomping down on my finger and anything else she can get, tugging and scratching at her ear so much she’s made it bleed, rubbing her bottom gum will make her calm down when she’s her most irritable, and I think I can feel teeth), and all the soothing gels etc are only for use at 4+ months. Don’t really want to give her baby panadol if I can help it, but we’re just not getting enough sleep at night! She was a bit better last night, sleeping 2-3 hour stretches, but the night before we were getting 1-2 hours max.
She’s obviously too little to be able to hold a teething ring herself, but I do hold one for her to chew on. She prefers my finger though, and will really chomp down on it, and loves having her gums rubbed. Other than that, can anyone suggest anything I could use overnight to help her sleep a little better? (obviously I’m looking for something to reduce the pain for her so she can sleep, not something that will put her to sleep, just thought I’d better clarify that.)
emmaParticipantAugust 31, 2004 at 12:39 amPost count: 881
I have used homoeopathics with wonderful success when my children have been teething. Idealy it is best to get a remedy for the particular child and situation but Welda and Bruaer both make a good general homoeopathic teething product. It may be a good idea to consider other causes for her discomfort.
lizleaParticipantAugust 31, 2004 at 12:51 amPost count: 4323
I think with all that ear pulling it may be worth having her ears checked out in case that is the problem more so than teeth. Also the change in sleep patterns may be due to a variety of things – not just teeth.
If she wants to chew on something try a cool, damp face washer. It may give your finger a break.
BeeDooParticipantAugust 31, 2004 at 1:54 amPost count: 2215
I would also advise to get her ears checked as children will often, pull and hit their ears when they have an infection or pain from someother cause.
BronnieParticipantAugust 31, 2004 at 6:10 amPost count: 8044
tamara, does your daughter ‘chew’ your finger where her molars will come through? or at the front, where her front teeth will come through?
if its her molars, she’s likely not teething. this is very natural and i’d imagine many babies do it. (all of mine, but particulary justin and xanthia gnaw away at their fingers and mine. i used to get told all the time justin was teething, from 4 months. he cut his first tooth at 10.5m) if its her front teeth, can you see or feel anything under her gums, right at the front? it will be quite sharp, not dull like our teeth. she’s very young to be cutting, not that that means she isn’t.
ear pulling can be a sign of tired. if she is tired, she will find it difficult to sleep well at night, as babies can’t really cope with overtired. obviously the answer to this is helping her to sleep more during the day. a sling can be helpful, as can laying down to feed her where she’ll sleep, as its less likely to wake her when you get up. or better still, you can sleep too.
you may be reassured to know that it is very normal and common for an 11 week old to be waking hourly or two hourly for a feed. she may be going through a fussy stage (where they need more food for a couple of days, we don’t really know why. my own opinion on this is that they’re either going through some brain development, or other development). is she just starting to do something different, eg roll over? sounds very simple, but for a little baby this takes a lot of energy, so they need to stock up. the only way they can do this is extra feeds.
3 hourly is about the longest a breastfed baby can go between feeds (tho some do go longer). they have very tiny stomachs and breastmilk is very easily digested.
to help you cope with the sleep, have you considered co-sleeping? if you don’t want her in bed with you all the time, what about having her cot, basinette or even a mattress next to your bed? that way, you don’t wake fully to feed her and go back to sleep much easier (if you co-sleep, remember the ‘rules’. no waterbed, no thick doonas, no smoking for parents, no drugs, no alcohol ie you’re not sedated. you may like to push your bed up against the wall, and have your daughter next to the wall. then you, then your partner, because sometimes the dad doesn’t feel a baby under them, whereas you always will)
finally, liz’s suggestion of a wet face washer is a good one if the child is on solids – and is teething – however for a fully breastfed baby and one so young is isn’t. (sorry liz). anything your child drinks, even a little water, will replace breastmilk and replacing a food with a calorie and nutrient deficient liquid is not really ideal. it may seem like a small amount, but when you consider the baby may only be taking 40ml of breastmilk at a time, a small amount really is quite large.
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