Baby won't eat or take breast. At wits end and worried!

(39 Posts)
MultipleMama Sun 19-May-13 15:39:30

Dts1 is teething. He refused to settle at all last night and woke up hourly. He refused breast and learner bottle and screamed if put in cot or held by someone else. Finally dosed off at 5am with a cold teething dummy.

He's still refusing breast and bottle and has only eaten a few mouthfuls of pureed peach with porridge all day.

He's sleeping between 1 - 1 1/2 hours then cries. He spits out the teething dummy and keeps rubbing his cheek, only thing that comes close to soothing him is a cold comprise on his cheek.

Won't let anyone but me hold him and hates laying on his back. I'm on bed rest so not much I can physically do!

I'm really worried about him not eating or drinking, going to call his ped tomorrow if no improvement.

Any parents had similar experiences or any advice because I admit I'm struggling and at my wits end of the constant crying and holding.

WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 19-May-13 15:41:10

Mama, how old is DS?

MultipleMama Sun 19-May-13 15:41:18

Not sure if this right place to post but there's no teething topic only health and didn't know if this classified.

alienbanana Sun 19-May-13 15:42:40

DS wouldn't drink when teething, only thing that worked was neurofen. Calpol just didn't do the trick.

I've heard that giving them a cold flannel to chew on can help too.

WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 19-May-13 15:43:25

This could be a nursing strike - see this link for info on what to do:

WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 19-May-13 15:44:22

Have you given calpol?

Does he have a temperature?

MultipleMama Sun 19-May-13 15:44:25

Harriet - He's 35 weeks.

WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 19-May-13 15:44:58

Have you tried dentinox teething gel - safe from birth and really worked for my DS?

alienbanana Sun 19-May-13 15:45:59

Have you given any painkillers?

WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 19-May-13 15:47:35

Just wanted to post quickly to give you suggestions. Poor him mama sad

This is a very common age to go on nursing strike and they are mostly totally solvable with patience. I would also take him to the dr tomorrow to check there is nothing wrong with him.

MultipleMama Sun 19-May-13 15:58:16

He won't let anything near his mouth, he turns his head and wails - tried cloth, teething ring, teething dummy - don't know what else to try.

DH gave him some nurofen around 7am and then again at 3pm but I don't think it's working.

Going to try him with some food when he wakes up and either visit A&E or call Ped tomorrow.

WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 19-May-13 15:59:48

You can use a teething gel like dentinox alongside painkillers - have you tried that?

Is his temperature up?

WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 19-May-13 16:01:07

blush sorry mama - you mean you can't get the gel in. Could DH gently hold him still and you slide your finger through the gums do you don't get bitten to put the gel on?

MultipleMama Sun 19-May-13 16:06:51

His temperature is 36.7

PourquoiPas Sun 19-May-13 16:09:34

Give the maximum (for his age obs) dose of calpol and nurofen as well as teething gel all at the same time(well, not the nurofen as you just gave him some but the other two). If he then calms down after 30 minish then you will know its "just" teething and he will be fine in a few days, if not then i would take him to out of hours.

MultipleMama Sun 19-May-13 16:10:33

DH managed to use the syringe for Nurofen.

He has no teeth to bite - these will be his first, and one is starting to pop through.

I haven't tried that yet was scared of hurting him but I'll firm up and give it a go!

MultipleMama Sun 19-May-13 16:11:39

Thanks pour will try that!

MultipleMama Sun 19-May-13 16:22:14

Managed to apply Dentinox while he was sleeping - fussed a little but didn't wake up (thank god!) will try the Calpol when he wakes up. Thank you all for suggestions. Will update you later!

MultipleMama Sun 19-May-13 17:48:51

Thank you so much for the advice pour.

We put the gel on his gums and then the calpol around 45 minutes ago, he's awake, quiet and tired but looks quite content chewing on his Razberry Teether. He's took a bit more of pureed peach and mango straight from fridge.

I think the doses we had been giving him weren't strong enough but glad we found a solution!

WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 19-May-13 17:49:04

Great! Just keep applying dentinox and if you do it regularly (as many times as allowed on the box) that will keep the pain under control.

Call ooh if this doesn't work and you are worried - you know him best.

WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 19-May-13 17:49:46

Keep offering to bf too - gently and without forcing it.

MultipleMama Sun 19-May-13 18:16:41

Thanks, harriet, I will.

PourquoiPas Sun 19-May-13 20:36:10

Brilliant! Glad he is feeling better. You can alternate the doses of calpol/nurofen during the day as long as you are careful to keep to the max. daily doses. I tend to give one or the other every three hours to keep DD happy when the teething is bad. I also give as much teething gel as I can, and especially half an hour of so before a meal/feed.

Re bf if he hasn't had a good feed I might pump to keep supply up, and keep offering, perhaps with you both in the bath after skin to skin.

Fingers crossed those teeth are through soon!

MultipleMama Sun 19-May-13 21:08:58

I pump daily for both of them anyway so that's not a problem to do.

He latched when I we did kangaroo care after our bath but didn't feed, but I tried again as he was drifting off and he fed for about 10 minutes, he's still waking hourly but hoping this isn't a daily occurrence.

Thanks all, I hope they are too!

WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 19-May-13 21:10:37

Feed expressed bm if he's not feeding as much as usual - you could use a sippy cup to make sure he doesn't get too used to the bottle.

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