Tips and techniques for managing pain, improving sleep and soothing a teething child.

Jean posted in Teething 3h ago

Orange Oil

Hi! Someone recently recommending using orange oil on my kiddos gum to help with teething. Poor kid has like 4 teeth coming in right now. Has anyone ever heard of this or used it?

  • Christa
    2h ago

    I’ve never used orange oil, but Vanilla extract on the gums works great!!

  • Jenn
    7m ago

    Vanilla extract works because it is basically alcohol. Orange oil may be the same.

Anonymous posted in Sleep Monday

Sleeping advice

My 10 month old has decided she doesn’t want to nap for more than 30mins twice a day. We try and let her cry it out but it doesn’t work. Today she took a 30 min nap at 1000am and then took a 35min nap at 2pm. We let her cry for about 10 mins and then we went in and cuddled her for about 20mins all during which she was going hysterical. I know they say don’t pick them up and stay in for long p... More

  • B

    I think she’s ready for one nap maybe. Try to keep her awake one day until 12 and see what happens.

  • Anonymous

    She sleeps almost 12 hours at night. She was doing great with naps. She would take an hour and then a two hour nap. She does have 3 of her top teeth coming in as well. I just don’t think she’s ready for only one nap because you can tell she tired around 10am.

Anonymous posted in Sleep Apr 18

Sleeping alone

My daughter just turned one on Monday. She was doing great going to sleep on her own and staying in her own crib. Lately she wakes up crying and sits up. She won’t go back down until I pick her up and take her to bed with me. She is getting her first tooth. I don’t know if it’s just a new thing and is teething related or some stage. Any advice would be welcome

  • Kate
    Apr 18

    Sounds like it’s more of a teething phase. It may last a couple more days before it gets better. You could consider giving her something soft in her crib, like a small stuffed animal or lovey. Those can often provide a little extra comfort during the rough nights. And Tylenol and/or Motrin will help her stay comfortable, too.

  • Kendall

    Sounds teething related! Should be back to normal soon. Try Motrin before bed

Shala posted in Teething Mar 31

Is there something I can do to prevent the fevers before they start during the teething process?

  • Anonymous
    Apr 01

    We were told that teething doesn’t actually cause fevers. It’ll raise their body temperature but once it crosses that 100.4 threshold, then there’s something else going on.

  • Christa
    Apr 02

    I also agree, teething doesn’t usually come along with a fever, but ever baby handles those pesky teeth different! Depending on how old little one is, I would suggest a small dose of children’s Tylenol. I think you can pull-up a dosing chart on google. Or if you want, the pediatricians usually have 24 hour advice nurses that are incredibly helpful!! I pester my on call nurses all the time if I’... More

Leslie posted in Sleep Mar 27

Exhausted momma

Help! We’ve tried everything to get my 11 month old boy to sleep through the night, not to mention he’s teething right now 😓 any helpful tips on how to get through this season without losing my mind? We have tried chew toys, vanilla extract, baby Tylenol, white noise, fan, no lights, at this point I am just trying to let him cry it out but feel so helpless 😪

  • Kerry
    Mar 28

    Did he sleep thru before teething? If not how does he normally fall asleep. Is he hungry maybe coming up to the 12 month growth spurt?? I also agree with Pad with the ibuprofen for teething if tylenol isnt helping much. Im not a fan of cio, Ill let my son fuss a little but when he cries or screams im in there snuggling him. Also if he cries to get me in there ive learnt that cry its slightly ... More

  • Jess
    Mar 29

    The teething and the sleep might be helped by keeping ice ice cold water in an insulated glass filled with his pacifiers - pop one in for a min and swap it out for a new cold one - after a few rounds of that he may be soothed and be able to sleep - worked for my daughter

My 7 month old is so sick

Stuffy nose, and a bad cough along with teething. Any suggestions besides the hot steam and humidifier.

  • T
    Mar 15

    Skin to skin

  • Maria
    Mar 16

    My son's doc said I can put vicks on his chest. He's 5.5mos old.

Kristen posted in Behavior Mar 13

My 5 month old all of the sudden is extremely whiny clingy and fussy! Help!

She’s also been drooling a lot just don’t remember my other kiddo complaining this much when teething. She’s refusing everything and nothing soothes her. She refuses naps and bottles and chewy toys. It’s just all over the place and so all of the sudden?

  • Karynn
    Mar 13

    Sounds like teething, maybe try washing your hands and putting your finger in her mouth and massaging her gums that always helped my little one at that age when she was teething.

  • Andrea
    Mar 14

    Definitely sounds like teething! Every baby’s pain tolerance is different. Growing teeth is hard work! I would recommend giving some baby Tylenol once in awhile to give both you and her a break.

Whining!!!! Help!

Hello, My 14 month old all of a sudden starting whining and throwing fits. It’s especially bad when she wakes up from her second nap of the day. She was never like this. It was so bad today I just sat in the bathroom for a couple minutes to take a breather. I took her to the dentist and they said her molers are coming in. Can this be teething or is this a new stage in her life?? It’s driving me... More

  • Danielle
    Feb 26

    Stay strong! It will get better! It could be because of her molars or because around 14 months (60 weeks) babies normally hit another developmental leap or milestone

  • Keri
    Feb 27

    Teething! My son is 15 months and does the same thing! I just give him some Tylenol and a cold rag or teething toys to suck on and he’s an angel!

How much/frequently ibuprofen?

My 10mo daughter has had an AWFUL cold — combatting a fever, cough, congestion, whole 9 yards, so based on our pedi’s recommendation we were giving her ibuprofen 3x a day. This went on for a good 5 days...started to show real improvement, so we stopped for about 3 days. Then, not only did she get super sick again but she’s also getting 4 TEETH! She’s ABSOLUTELY MISERABLE. So back to ibuprof... More

  • Keri
    Feb 27

    Do you alternate Tylenol and Motrin?

Erin posted in Sleep Feb 21

Teething & waking up early?

So my LO is 15 months. He is a GREAT sleeper...on the regular he sleeps from 9:30p-9:30a. However...he’s teething right now with molars. Chewing on hands, drool everywhere & soaking bibs...& he’s been waking up early (between 4a-6a) for the past week. I give him Motrin before bed & seems to give relief for a bit. When he wakes up he won’t lay back in crib...I will let him sleep on m... More

  • Anonymous
    Feb 22

    awwww this too shall pass mama! Hang in there!

  • Erin
    Feb 22

    I kind of figured that it was because of the Motrin wearing off. He does pretty well during the day pain wise...I’m really just trying to give it to him at night since we are giving it to him consecutive days. Also....each child is different & I won’t mom shame. Either natural remedies, or medicine ...I was just wondering if others are dealing with this too. Maybe on the days I work I wil... More

Perry posted in Teething Feb 18

Teething pain for 10 1/2 month old

Our daughter is having a lot of teething pain, and it makes it difficult for her to sleep. Other than medicine, what are some other remedies?

Ashley posted in Teething Feb 05


My 8mon old is teething and she isn’t as fussy she’s just isn’t herself, and fever keep going up and down. I just hate seeing her like this.

  • Christa
    Feb 05

    Tylenol, chamomile tea, teether toys, washcloths soaked in chamomile and frozen. Lots of momma cuddles. My 1 year old is the same way. Just wants mommas attention and isn’t his normal perky little self.

  • B
    Feb 05

    Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) works wayyyy better than Tylenol for teething and lasts longer. Buy the infant one

Ten month old won’t eat.

My ten month old has lost interest in eating. I open a four ounce container and he doesn’t finish it. I’ve tried feeding him different types of food; purées, Puffs, fruit, etc. No interest in eating. Then around dinner time he’ll eat about eight ounces of food. His molars are coming in and I think another tooth is breaking through. Is this due to teething?

  • Kieli
    Feb 05

    I agree with Kerry, teething definitely affects appetite. I also have noticed my daughter will go through phases. One day she is a bottomless pit and will eat all day then a week later she won’t hardly eat at all. You can try giving him cold things to chew on to help the pain

  • Anonymous
    Feb 05

    My son definitely eats a whole lot less when teething. If it continues through and gets closer to the weekend I’d maybe call the ped if you’re worried

Cough syrup & Motrin together

Can you give Motrin and Zarbees All Natural cough syrup together? My son is teething and on top of it is really congested.

Crystal posted in Teething Jan 26

Only 2 teeth at 20 months old?!

Anyone else have babies that took a long time to get teeth? He got his two front top teeth many months ago and no sign of any other teeth since. My dentist told me not to worry until he’s 2, but we’re getting closer and closer to his 2nd birthday, so I’m starting to worry a bit. Anyone else had a similar experience with their little one?

  • Raquel
    Feb 23

    Crystal - how much olive oil did you use?

  • Crystal
    Feb 23

    Raquel, I just made it up lol. I heated up about 3 tablespoons of olive oil and put the tea bag in it. I don't know if heating it up helps, but more tea seems to seep in hot water than cold.

How can I stop my son from grinding his teeth!

Oh my gosh it’s like nails on a chalkboard to me but I’m worried about his teeth too?! Is there any way to stop this?? I know he’s just getting used to the top ones coming in but still...

  • Megan
    Jan 19

    Our daughter has done this periodically. When she was younger I asked the dentist, they said it was perfectly normal. They do that cause it’s new but also some babies do it as a form of relief when teething. They stop on their own. My daughter now has all her teeth but has done it randomly cause of the sound and our reaction made her laugh. Once we ignored it, she stopped

  • Jenn
    Jan 20

    My LO just started doing this yesterday and it is driving me nuts!

Jennifer posted in Babies Jan 16

How long do teeth take? First one is crooked?

Baby’s first tooth finally cut through! It’s enough to be slightly visible and 100% felt when she BF...but then doesn’t seem to have progressed (it’s been a couple weeks since the fever and first push-through). When should we expect it to be all the way out of her guns and looking like a real tooth instead of a weird white lumpy bit just over the “horizon” of her gums? Also, this first one s... More

  • Victoria
    Jan 16

    My daughters bottom 2 teeth came in crooked but straightened out when they were fully in.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 16

    Some teeth can seem like they take foreverrrrr to come through. Our daughter's bottom teeth were like that. Her top teeth took just a few days. I wouldn't stress it as long as they are coming through and nothing looks infected or swollen beyond normal. And they will straighten out on their own once they come in completely.

How to start brushing teeth?

Hi everyone! Our first tooth finally cut through baby’s gums (though it isn’t all the way out yet). How did you introducing tooth/teeth brushing? I would like to brush her new tooth before bed to avoid decay, but I’m not sure how that will go—she normally feeds then practically falls asleep in my arms at bedtime. I’m worried that brushing her teeth will throw her off and wake her up again 🤷... More

  • Andrea
    Jan 07

    First, if you are nursing, don’t stress too much about brushing after. Baby’s teeth aren’t involved in nursing so tooth decay is unlikely just from that (worry more about solids... so brush after their last solids for the day). Even if you bottle feed, its not too terrible if you brush up until last feeding. That is as long as your not giving bottle in bed where baby keeps it in mouth. That’... More

  • Jennifer
    Jan 08

    Thank you all for your suggestions!! We’ll give them all a whirl!

Amanda posted in Babies Jan 02

Anyone else experience this...

So my 11mo has caught some bug, we're in week 2. First week he got hives, hadn't had anything new so Dr and I chalked it up to probably the virus he had. First started with a little congestion and runny nose. Then hives and low grade fever. He still has congestion and runny nose. At first it didn't seem to affect his eating much. I noticed him maybe not eating the amount of baby foo... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 02

    My son (13m) is a good eater, except when ill or poorly. I tend to just follow his signals and try too hard for him to eat. Keep him hydrated, as you are. Hope he feels much better very soon!

  • Amanda
    Jan 02

    Thank you! I'm hoping he gets better soon, his cold symptoms typically last about 2 weeks. I'm also hoping those top teeth show up soon too. 🤞

Anonymous posted in Babies Jan 02


Help! My daughter is almost 5 months but has her two bottom teeth in. I’ve exclusively breastfed her since she was born and she hasn’t taken to any bottles whenever I try. Problem now is that she likes to bite when she eats. I feel like she’s too young to ‘teach’ her that biting hurts me. Suggestions? Not sure how much longer my nipples will last if she keeps it up.

  • Tara
    Jan 02

    As Raji says 👆🏽 my boy was the same but grew out of it somehow. Hang in there! I used to impulsively yelp really loudly, which would result in his losing his latch... that might have been what did the trick!

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 02

    I’ve read that yelling is interesting to them, and they might do it more if you react because it’s funny. That’s also been my experience with my kids. I gently remove the latch and say no, and then offer again in a moment or two. Try to stay calm but make it inconvenient for baby by removing the nipple and waiting a few seconds (like the time for the sting to go away lol) instead of letting th... More

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