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Things to gnaw on
honsuki wrote in parenting101
My daughter is 16 weeks this Sunday and she's showing all the classic signs of cutting teeth...sleeplessness, irritability, whiny, drooling, super mouthy. I've tried Orajel. I've tried Hyland's. She's not grabbing and holding things reliably yet and she won't gum anything she can't hold in place herself, so there goes most teething rings and keys. She's never been one for binkies so cold binkies and the Razzberry are out. She's been gnawing on her hands, my knuckles, and blankets but she's still pretty miserable. Is 16 weeks too early for the mesh fruit holders? Do those even help sore gums? Anyone else have any suggestions/commiseration?
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Have you tried a frozen washcloth? Same feel/effect as the fruit holders without the fruit.

She'll gum them for about 30 seconds, and then spits them out. She's okay with cold ones, but I think she gets mad because they're too cold for her hands.

You're probably just going to have to hold it in her mouth for her at that age.

1. Freeze some breast milk in a clean ice cube tray, each cube about 1/3-1/2 way full. Put cubes in the mesh feeder.
2. Second the frozen wash cloth idea.
3. One of these jabbers: http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=538288, or a receiving blanket cut up and knotted.

My daughter cut her first tooth at 11w6d and the second at 12w1d. So she had no capability of holding on to things and getting them into her mouth. We discovered Sophie the giraffe. She could hold the main body part in her hand/lap, and the giraffe was tall enough she could get parts of the giraffe head in her mouth, ears and "snout" where her favorite ones to gnaw on. It's pricey, but definitely a lifesaver. She loved that thing!

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I'm excited people are recommending this, I have one coming for Christmas!

We sell it where I work and it's definitely a bestseller. Worth the overall small investment, definitely. :)

We did frozen bagels with great success.

Whoa, nelly. I read 16w as 16 months. Obviously frozen bagels would not apply. Do you have a Sophie? I'd stick that in the freezer.

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My daughter had 4 teeth by the time she was 16 weeks and all of them by 1 year and let me tell you, I tried everything. Nothing worked except a lot of patience, nursing and cuddles. The frozen washcloth idea is probably your best option, and Advil. Sorry I can't be more helpful, just don't stress yourself out too much trying to find a cure to the pain and fussiness of it because the fact of the matter is, early teething sucks big time. Good luck!

Oh yeah and a knotted blankie. I made one for my daughter at 6 months and it's still her lovey at age 3, she chews on the knots/flaps every night still.

Tylenol?
I know people are reluctant to jump to it, but honestly, when adults undergo that kind of oral pain we generally give them narcotics.

I second this. When I get a TMJ flare I hit the ibuprofen, vicodin, and muscle relaxants. I was a disaster when my wisdom tooth started to come in. I'm all about better living through chemicals, and four months is plenty old enough for it.

I'd go with frozen bananas.

Mine loved a ring of denim I had cut off some jeans I was adjusting... I think the texture was right when slightly dampened.

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