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What to Do When Your Teething Baby is Crying, Fussy and Needs Pain Relief At Night In Order to Sleep

Some babies who seem to have few problems with teething in the daytime become fussy and irritable at nighttime.

Although cutting teeth can cause soreness in the mouth, in the daytime, there's more going on around the house, and babies may be distracted from the discomfort: once things quiet down for napping or sleeping all night, the lack of distraction may make the pain more noticeable, and your child may start to fuss. Some babies cry a lot over teething and seem to find little relief in anything: others may drool a lot but never cry: it all depends. Sometimes, babies aren't troubled by their first teeth but experience pain when the molars start to come through. Whatever your child's situation, at bedtime, you'll want to have more than one way to soothe her sore gums and help her get to sleep.

A first tooth is a milestone in your child's development, but hopefully it won't be the occasion you remember as the night your baby cried incessantly while you walked the floor. You may be able to relieve the discomfort by letting you baby chew on a cold, wet washcloth or by rubbing her mouth with your fingers. Taking action as soon as your child starts fussing (or sooner, once you know what the trouble is) can stop the cycle some infants experience where pain turns into crying and then crying becomes the uncomfortable experience. Once a baby cries too much, you're dealing with a whole host of other problems: anxiety, stress and reflected stress from the caregiver can keep a baby upset and shrieking long after any teething pain might have disappeared. Once babies get into the cycle of crying because crying is upsetting, you'll start to hear that hysterical note—the one that makes parents feel helpless and out of control. One thing to remember in the case of something normal like teething is that the wailing or gasping cry a baby makes after having cried for a long time is not directly due to the pain of teething, but is more about the frustration of not

One way to stop a baby from crying when crying has become cyclical is for the parent to calm down as much as possible. When you're tense or upset, your child picks up on your anxiety and becomes more anxious. Calming yourself by deep breathing, listening to soothing music or even having a cup of tea (admittedly a challenge if you're holding a screeching infant) may reduce your own discomfort enough to allow you to project a serene attitude. Sometimes you need to hand the baby over to someone who hasn't been dealing with the crying all that time: you can take a little break and your partner (or mom or the guy who came to fix the furnace) can give the baby a little solace simply by not being upset and fatigued.

If your child is having problems getting to sleep because of soreness in the gums or mouth due to teething, you might want to consult with your pediatrician about giving baby Tylenol or ibuprofen for the pain. If you'd rather not use over the counter drugs, you can try home remedies like rubbing the gums with diluted clove oil, or giving your child chilled teething rings before bed. Some people give their babies whole, cold carrots to mouth during the day. Chewing on teething biscuits can also help alleviate the pain: you'll want to give cookie type foods to your baby before bedtime, to prevent possible choking.

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