How can I help my teething baby sleep better at night? Teeth & Tooth Care

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Just when you think you and your baby are getting your sleep routine down pat, teething throws you both for a loop. Luckily there are some doctor-approved methods you can try to reduce baby's pain and help you both get the Zzzz's you need. See what other moms do too.

Pain Reliever May Help

"My best advice is to give a dose of acetaminophen -- or ibuprofen if the baby is over 6 months old. That is your best bet for seeing a comfortable night's sleep. About 30 to 60 minutes after the dose, you can see an effect. So when you feel like there's enough time for your baby to feel a full effect from the medicine, that's the time to give your child a nice dose of pain medication, then a feeding. When baby's got a full tummy and pain...

"My best advice is to give a dose of acetaminophen -- or ibuprofen if the baby is over 6 months old. That is your best bet for seeing a comfortable night's sleep. About 30 to 60 minutes after the dose, you can see an effect. So when you feel like there's enough time for your baby to feel a full effect from the medicine, that's the time to give your child a nice dose of pain medication, then a feeding. When baby's got a full tummy and pain medication, that is your best bet for getting a reasonable night's sleep." -- Christina Johns, MD, MEd, FAAP, senior medical adviser, PM Pediatrics, Lake Success, NY

Try White Noise

"Run a box fan. It helps them sleep, period. Even on low, the sound helps."

Long-Lasting Ibuprofen

"Our pharmacist recommended Motrin. Never had another sleepless night."

Sometimes There's Not Much You Can Do

"I don't know! I didn't sleep through the night between the time the first tooth began to erupt and the last one finally came through. My son cut them one at a time."

Be Adaptable

"I used to set up camp in the living room recliner and just rocked my baby and nursed all night long, dozing when my son did. Netflix and coffee are your friends."

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