Can teething molars really cause toddler to hardly sleep?

(9 Posts)
UnplainJane Tue 12-Jan-16 10:56:06

Never been a great sleeper but was starting to improve. Last 3 nights have been horrendous - waking every 2hrs, sleeping for 10 mins then waking up again for a few hours period in the night. Up early. The only thing that has changed is that he is cutting lower 2yr molars (can see points of both just through). Could this really cause such rubbish sleep? I'm sceptical. Pain meds sometimes help, sometimes don't. He is 21mo.

StressheadMcGee Tue 12-Jan-16 10:59:37

DS has slept horrifically lately, and has got his molars coming through too - he's 26 months (being precise!) He's slept really well since he was 9 months, so I'm really struggling with the recent lack of sleep!

Meht Tue 12-Jan-16 11:00:35

Its supposed to be really painful, the bone cutting through, with a temp & diarrhea from the the acid, its not nice.
Ive just had a tooth bought down, that was up in my gum, & it has really hurt,

We found paracetamol, ibroprufen, Nelsons teething granules & Anbesol for babies helped DD.

shoopshoopsong Tue 12-Jan-16 11:05:34

I hope that's why my 21 month isn't sleeping although I think he might just be a limpet

UnplainJane Tue 12-Jan-16 11:06:21

He seems fine in the day though, fingers in the mouth a lot but other than that, and the fact I can see the teeth, you wouldn't think he was teething. I'm sick of nearly 2 years of crap sleep with no sign of improving, can you sleep train during teething?

UnplainJane Tue 12-Jan-16 11:07:09

Ha ha shoop, mine is definitely a limpet also!

ISaySteadyOn Tue 12-Jan-16 11:07:19

I am on DC3 who is also 21 mo and fwiw, I have found for all 3, the molars are the worst for nighttimes. They can run away from the pain of it during the day or be distracted, but at night, they are supposed to be resting and can't because it hurts too much.

If you are bfing, I have found that calpol followed by bfing, results in a good chunk of sleep though it will not get you the whole night. And thank you OP for reminding me about molars. DS has been horrendous of late and now I remember why.

UnplainJane Tue 12-Jan-16 11:35:58

I stopped bfing at 19 months, he pretty much self weaned so don't have that tool anymore! I tried to give calpol last night but he was half asleep and didn't swallow so most of it ended up on his pillow and on his neck.... I just can't help thinking that despite doing the 'right' things he is still a poor sleeper, so I must be doing something wrong still. The only thing I haven't tried is just ignoring the night waking and leaving him to it, as advised by everyone.

ISaySteadyOn Tue 12-Jan-16 11:55:13

No, you're not doing anything wrong. Teething is just hard. I'm still bfing and last night, I was in tears over DS just not sleeping but moaning if I moved away from him. And then I got hm back to sleep and DD2 budged up in between us and woke him up...aaaargh. I think we just have top wait it out.

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