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Teething baby and calpol advice please!(9 Posts)
Hi all, so my son (1yr old) has been teething alot lately and is... I think bringing his second molars out. To cut a long story short we put him to sleep. He wakes up constantly every hour most days. So about 8-9 times, sometimes he's up for 2-3 hours and just cannot get comfortable and sleep even with us holding and rocking him. What we have found is that the days we try and give him calpol before bed he settles for most of the night. I obviously don't want to give him calpol every night. But even when we try not to give it... We end up giving it in the middle of the night after he's been up 3-4 times for an hour each time.
So my question is we are not exceeding max dose of giving it to him 4 times a day. Only 1 dosage. But we're having to give it for 8 days now (to be clear 5ml once a day) Is it safe to give tomorrow or do we have to have a break from it? Can you give one dose long term? Like 14 days?
Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated. We have tried ibrupfen, bonjela, other gels, teething granuals, frozen fruit, teething toys... Everything I feel! But he is always clenching his jaw at night... Putting his finger in his ear and even at times pulls at his hair. So he is really uncomfortable from this and we're trying t not give him this as a quick fix.
If you are sure that teething is the problem and calpol isnt masking another illness, I have done this. Many times. The baby in question is now 5 and he has certainly not suffered any harm.
Hi thanks for the response... That's great it's a bit of an odd one as even my gp wasn't sure what to advise! Then just said the party line of leave it 24 hours after giving it for 5 days! Just so horrible to see them in pain. Poor things!
It may be worth getting his ears looked at if he is pulling them and clenching his jaw. lying flat at night can often exacerbate the discomfort from ears in young children. The paracetamol you have given will not have done any harm your baby was in pain you gave him pain relief! I would encourage you to get him checked though as it does sound a bit more than teeth and if it is just teeth the poor thing has been unlucky and having it very rough cutting molars.
My little one was like this, felt I was always giving him pain killers. Once the teeth cut through he didn't need the pain killers. I found ibuprofen was more effective for teething.
For the sake of one dose a day to help the poor thing sleep, don't leave your child in pain.
If our boys are/were really bad we used to alternate between giving paracetamol and ibuprofen. It is safe to give both at the same time or stagger them, for example say he had calpol but an hour or two later was still utterly miserable we would give him a dose of ibuprofen too. And also teething gel if he would let us, you used to be able to get these teething sachets by nelsons, called teetha - they were a godsend for us! Instant calm after giving them! Worth a try if you can still get them.
Nurofen is better for teething than Calpol.
Hi thanks all, I will get onto the gp to have a look at his ears to rule that out. But yeah... He's had it quite bad poor thing. That is how I feel about it too... I don't want him to be in pain hence end up giving it to help settle him
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