Avatar Kia P...
Teething

I have a son who is 15 months old. He had his top and bottom two front teeth at about 8 months and is just getting another 4 teeth now (1 either side top and bottom). He is beside himself with pain and especially at night where he has been screaming for the past 4 nights. I have tried panadol & nurofen, Brauer teething relief, bonjella and sm33 (which he has never gone much on and never seemed to work for him in any case). He has an amber teething necklace ....... I have tried what seems like the works. Is there anything else that you might suggest that I could try.

Jane ...
Answer: To be honest, being beside himself in pain would be unusual for a toddler who is teething. This is a normal developmental stage and although it can cause some discomfort, what you're describing sounds a little excessive. You are doing all you can in providing symptomatic relief, or it sounds as if you are to me. There is no science to support the use of amber bead necklaces and just be mindful that they do pose a choking hazard. I wonder if his crying is not so much about teething as protests about going to bed? If he is generally happy through the day then it doesn't make sense that his teeth would cause him distress only at night when settling. Would it be worthwhile having him checked by your GP just to rule out if anything else is troubling your toddler? Many times we blame teething for behaviour which is not so much about this as developmental frustration. It's not recommended to give children analgesia long term or any other medication and if you're finding these aren't working in relieving his unsettledness then a medical review or even a check with your dentist may be recommended. Cheers Jane
Answered: 26 May 2013