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Prolonged teething - please please help!

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LostAtTheFair Wed 21-Sep-16 21:21:29

My DS is just over 5 months and has been teething since the beginning of August....almost 2 months ago!!! Initially we put it down to early 4 month sleep regression but no, seems to be teething. Super red cheeks (they almost glow in the dark sometimes), unbelievable dribbling and extremely disturbed sleep - he's up 4-10 times every night. I have a toddler too, who suffered badly with teeth but never for anywhere close to this. DS is actually a very placid little thing but is definitely in pain.

I've tried calpol, Nurofen, bonjela, teetha, calgel but they all provide a very temporary relief. We also bought him a new cot as we thought his old cot was bothering him - again this helped temporarily.

I'm now at the stage where I look ten years older than I am, I can barely remember my own name and I'm losing the will to get dressed in the morning. My DH is away on business a lot and has a very difficult, high pressured job (I know, I've done it) and there is no question that he can go to work on broken sleep.

Can anyone help or share experiences of how long this sort of thing lasts for?

Zeitgei5t Thu 22-Sep-16 19:39:21

Dd2 started teething at 2-3 months and cut her first tooth just before she turned 8 months but it wasn't constant and nowhere near as bad as what you're describing. Maybe get it checked out with the gp?

haventgotaclue1 Thu 22-Sep-16 19:44:27

My DD was same as Zeitgei5t's - started teething around 3 months and went on forever until first tooth appeared around 9 months. We had the bright red cheeks, dribbling etc and also every time she was particularly suffering, she came down with really bad colds. BUT, it wasn't constant for those 6 months. There were periods of 2-3 weeks when it was bad, then it would ease up for a bit lull us into a false sense of security then we'd start again.

Found that Calpol and Nurofen were of limited use. I think for some parts DH and I actually had to sit up with her all night as that was the only way she'd sleep. It was exhausting so you have my complete sympathy flowers. Sorry, no practical advice though sad

user1471591448 Thu 22-Sep-16 19:45:50

My 3 month old has just started getting painful gums and his tooth bud is now visible but a long way off coming through. He usually gets uncomfortable in the mornings and we use a teething "dummy" - have you tried one of these? I also bought him the Nuby Icybite teether but he's only just starting to hold things so not ready for it yet.
He's my first and only so I don't have any experience to share, but in your shoes I'd be getting a GP to check him over to make sure they don't think it could be something else, or a teething problem.
Good luck - I'm not looking forward to this with my son!

BexusSugarush Thu 22-Sep-16 20:48:55

Ashton and Parsons teething powder, followed up by rubbing teething gel on the gums. Give them cold things to chew on, like celery. These seem to help our 9 month old while she's teething, and I really hope they help your little one x

CatsCantFlyFast Thu 22-Sep-16 20:57:02

Anbesol is the only thing we have found to help with teething - if you apply it to your own gums you can feel the effect

LostAtTheFair Thu 22-Sep-16 23:41:50

Thanks all.
NotWithoutMyMerkin - is that normal (adult) anbesol or do they make an infant one?

sophiaslullaby Fri 23-Sep-16 11:26:14

My DS showed signs of teething around 3months, cut first tooth at 10months and 2nd tooth 2 weeks later. Teetha helped a bit (like you say, temporary relief), if bad at nighttime then calpol or Anbesol (can't see they do a babies one, it just advises to use lower dosage).
I've also bought him a toothbrush to play with (while in the bath) and he loves it as it massages his gums as well as early teaching to brush.

CatsCantFlyFast Fri 23-Sep-16 11:54:13

I think it's just normal one - it's what they gave me when I asked otc for something that actually worked for teething (as opposed to teething gel which just slides off the gums uselessly)

boopdoop Fri 23-Sep-16 12:29:11

I would also suggest anbesol - it's the adult one, you can also use for babies, and def the liquid, not the gel. Alternating neurofen and calpol, teething granules... My DS really struggled with teething and these helped, but similar to everyone else it was 2-3 weeks at a time. Sorry you are all suffering so much.

In the day I found muslim clothes damp and in the fridge for a bit were good as he could chew on them.

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