Baby's first teeth

@mfrancq (1808)
United States
December 8, 2006 1:05pm CST
I am needing some advice with my son. He is getting his first tooth in and I have noticed that he is tired all the time. He only wakes up to eat now. I'm getting a little concerned about it. Can anyone tell me if this is normal? Thanks!
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@lafavorito (2966)
• Philippines
29 Dec 06
Yes that is normal. I have a nephew who is very irritable when he was teething, now what will you choose a sleeping baby or a screaming baby? haha! Your son is probably tired because teething takes too much energy for a baby, while some remain active (like my son), most babies are irritable or are often tired.
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
My son is eight months old and teethng. Teething rusks and rings are good (anything they can chew on really). I give my son carrot sticks to munch on (cold ones). I give him Bonjela (same as orajel) if tehy seem to be bothering him, or Infant Panadol if it gets really bad. My son has been teething for a few months now, and goes through stages of sleeping lots, and not sleepin well at all... Talk to the dc to give you peace of mind, but Im sure hes fine :D
• United States
29 Dec 06
It's painful to cut teeth. Just try some oragel, or a frozen teething ring. It may help. If you are still concerned, call the doctor, and he will advise further.
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@findcutegj (1466)
• India
11 Dec 06
Yes, i have heard and know that when babies face such situations (teething), its the toughest time for them throughout their childhood. The sypmtoms are wight loss, lack of sleep, too much pain, frequent crying and even vomitting sometimes. In such situation, you should consult a child specialist. They know some kind of paste that you can apply on your child's gums that would really relieve their pain and help their teeth coming out quite easily. Also, in such situations, they really like chewing and pressing their gums with things around. Get your son some good plastic toys from the market which are hygenic in nature. Thanks.
@mythmoh (3986)
• United States
8 Dec 06
my baby is having 4 teeth now.she had her first when she was 8 months old.during the cutting of teeth she cried a lot and she had diahorrea also.she had many short naps during daytime.so i think it is common for babies to be tired.but anyway consult your physician regarding this.because it will vary from kid to kid.
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@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
9 Dec 06
Yeah, he does get diarreah from time to time also. I'm pretty sure it is just the teething, and maybe a growing spurt also. He seems hungrier then usual also. My doctor said that would be an indication of a growth spurt. Thanks so much for the response!
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• United States
8 Dec 06
My son is teething right now too and he seems to be taking longer naps, but still has a lot of awake time too. How old is your baby? My son is 9 months so he is teething late which might make up the difference in the amount of sleep. If I was you I would call the Doctor and run it by him/her just to be safe.
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@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
9 Dec 06
My baby is eight months old right now. I think I will call the doctor I am pretty worried about it. He isn't acting like anything is wrong, he's just sleepy a lot. Thanks for the response!
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@rachelcaron (1681)
• United States
8 Dec 06
My son now has 2 teeth. We didn't really have that problem with him. I'm sure cutting teeth is really painful though. Think about when you don't feel good. I know all I want to do is lay down and sleep. Maybe that's the same with him? Are you giving him any type of medicine? that could be making him drowsy?
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@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
9 Dec 06
I don't give him any medicine unless I can really tell that it is his teeth bothering him. Then I give him teething tablets. That's it though. You are right though, all I want to do if I'm in pain or sick is go lay down. Thanks for the response!
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@loved1 (5336)
• United States
8 Dec 06
Cutting teeth is hard work. At his age he still needs quite a bit of sleep. I found that when my children were going through a growth spurt they would sleep more. When a baby cuts teeth their immune system is weakened as well so he may need the extra sleep to fight off any mild illnesses. I am assuming he is about 4 months old, correct? If you feel he is really sleeping way too much you should call the doctor just to be safe. Mother's intuition is a gift given to you for just this reason. Best of luck to you and your little one.
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@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
9 Dec 06
Actually my son is eight months old. He's been cutting teeth for a while now, however, he's got the first one actually coming through. He was premature, so the doctor said he would be behind with everything. I think it probally is a growth spurt and a little bit of the teething too. I think he's okay, I just wanted to see if other parents have experienced this with their children too. Thanks for the response, I really appreciate it!
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@krysy1982 (1042)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I never had that problem but if you feel that is a concern call your doctor.
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• United States
3 Jan 07
helo there, yes being tired is very normal,,with those little teethers coming,takes alot of of the child,and you should give pain medication..those tablets wont help much..my doctor told me Motrin..call and ask hopw much to give but im sure its hald a teaspoon for that age..it will take down that swelling and believe me theres alot!!!and help with the pain as well..and you can also counter give tylenol.not at the same time,just ask your doc about it..and ya knoww hat i ised for Sky? I got a baby wash cloth,and put in under cold water..he loved it!! he chewed and chewed and was soo very happy..it worked like a charm..Oragel never helped him..but i tried and u never know til u try right? lots a luck!