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Baby 16 weeks, teething big time, tried giving him biscuits, what else can I try?

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BabbaMamma Mon 08-Sep-08 14:23:59

I've tried the bicki peg organic baby biscuits and he's sat holding it to his mouth and chewing it himself right now so he definately needs it, and he likes it, but he's already managed to bite a chunk off it and I don't want him eating biscuits.

He LOVES bonjella, bites it off my finger, but I can only give him it every three hours and he cries when I stop.

He doesn't like teething rings and toys, even if they're cold, because he thinks he's getting fed and then he gets annoyed that they don't taste and he's not eating IYKWIM.

I've given him paracetamol but his little cheeks are still bright red, he's drolling like mad, biting his hands and crying.

What can I try?

laughalot Mon 08-Sep-08 14:27:50

Have you tried ashton and parsons they are little wraps with what lokes like cocaine but is in fact a herbal remedy you can get them in the chemist. Fab for teething.

BabbaMamma Mon 08-Sep-08 14:32:17

I will try that, thanks.

I just read my post back, and just to clarify, bicki pegs are those solid biscuits that babies arn't really meant to be able to bite through with gums lol.

GreenMonkies Mon 08-Sep-08 14:38:50

Also, bicki pegs are made with wheat flour and he's too young to be given wheat yet!!

If he won't chew on traditional teethers then try anything solid and non-edible/toxic (he's too young for solids so I wouldn't give him anything like carrot sticks etc).

Does he chew his fingers/fists? What about your fingers or knuckles, I know they bite really hard but if you press down against his bite (if you follow me!) it can be helpful to his gums without you actually losing a finger!!

Have you tried Anbesol liquid? I think it sticks better than gels, it sort of runs along the gums and is a serious number!!

GreenMonkies Mon 08-Sep-08 14:39:25

*as in it numbs really well!!!

BabbaMamma Mon 08-Sep-08 14:42:39

Fantastic, I'll try that too. I'm willing to try anything, he just wants to bite bite bite all the time!

What age will he be old enough to actually eat bicki pegs? And when should I start him on solids? He sits up by himself, and he knows to put his bicki peg to his mouth and bite it. He's also having 9 ounces every two hours or so, give or take.

He's growing up so fast sad

fleacircus Mon 08-Sep-08 14:49:14

Try a Sophie? Very soft, very chewable, every baby I know that has one loves it including DD.

GreenMonkies Mon 08-Sep-08 15:47:08

Blimey, he sits up unaided and puts things in his mouth already? Perhaps you could leave it a few weeks (perhaps 4, so he's 20 weeks) and then give him big chip-shaped bits of food and see what he does with them, if he chews them and swallows them then he's ready, if he bites bits off, plays with them and spits them out he's not ready.

Most people say 6 months for wheat, but others err on the side of caution and say 12 months.

They do grow up fast, but we never believe it until it happens!

GreenMonkies Mon 08-Sep-08 15:50:59

(you need to put the food in a high chair tray and let him pick it up himself, don't put it in his hand for him, see this guide)

BabbaMamma Mon 08-Sep-08 17:23:19

I just tried him with it as a one off and he picked it up and bit it himself, then swallowed. I'll keep him off solids for another 4 weeks though.

Harri1 Mon 08-Sep-08 18:56:46

Hi Dentinox gel can be used every 20mins from birth up. My dd seems to get some comfort from it.
Or I read somewhere a flannel thats been in the freezer!!!
And we used tommee tippee soother teethers, they are like dummies except for teething and the rubber ends are ideal for puting teeting gel onto

Mercy Mon 08-Sep-08 18:59:18

Chamomile teething granules always worked for my 2 (I got them in Boots but I don't think they were own brand)

Peachy Mon 08-Sep-08 19:02:54

nelsons teething granules are great

rather advanced for a 16 weeker isn't he?

Mercy Mon 08-Sep-08 19:05:20

That's the one Peachy!

Nelson's products are great. I have some hawthorn gel for my chilblains which always works.

BabbaMamma Mon 08-Sep-08 19:17:44

This is all brilliant, I'll get a stock of everything in! He's been so upset today bless him.

Peachy- I'm not sure if he's advanced as he's my first so I'm a bit of a know-nowt blush I'm sure I'll pick it up as I go along though.

Peachy Mon 08-Sep-08 19:22:50

um, babies normaly sit unaided at around 6 months. My 5 mnther certainly isn't behind (being watched very closely as 2 of his sibings are disabled) and can't d the sitting thing or eye-hand-mouth ting needed to self feed

BabbaMamma Mon 08-Sep-08 19:26:10

Maybe he is quite quick then, I've never though about it before, I'm just gutted the proper baby bits have gone and he's like a little man now lol.

Peachy Mon 08-Sep-08 19:27:58

have you joined the antenatal group for the month of his birth? look under topics / antenatal

its a bit sad as they lose their babyness but they get more interactive and fun so you have so much joy ahead

S1ur Mon 08-Sep-08 19:32:35

lots of good advice here, especially about holdiong off food and the granules are def worth a shot.

I would be cautious about assuming he expects to be fed and gets annoyed that they don't taste when he puts things in his mouth.

He may cry because his mouth is too sore to bite down on hard things rather than because he wants to be fed. A cold flannel is a good alternative.

Very small babies like yours puts things in their mouth to see what it is like, putting things in your mouth is highly unlikely to be just associated with food.

BabbaMamma Mon 08-Sep-08 19:33:16

I'll have a look for my group, that'd be really good so I know what sort of things he should be doing, thanks!


clarebear24 Mon 08-Sep-08 19:39:38

I have been having nightmares with my dd teething and anbesol liquid is by far the best thing i have tried, along with calprofen but i am not sure if your little one is too young for that yet.

clarebear24 Mon 08-Sep-08 19:40:44

Oh also if your little one has dummies try putting them in the fridge!

greenandpleasant Mon 08-Sep-08 19:43:39

just to say, be careful with things that have been in the freezer so he doesn't get cold burns ... cold is good, frozen is not so good. flannel should be ok as it warms up pretty quickly. would also second dentinox gel and teething powders, both nelsons and the ashton and parsons "cocaine wraps"!

cockles Mon 08-Sep-08 19:44:13

nelsons teething granules, ashton and parsons and camomile are all exactly the same thing so don't buy them all!

SmugColditz Mon 08-Sep-08 19:47:14

give the poor little thing some calpol! Topical pain relief is not very effective on the gums, and the pain can give you head aches, ear ache and all sorts. I'd take paracetamol for that sort of pain, so I wouldn't withhold it from a child. There are no prizes for suffering pain.

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