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Teething Survival Secrets

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A few weeks ago, my husband and I endured our daughter’s worst teething episode thus fur. She had two upper teeth breaking through and an upper respiratory infection. The first night she started with symptoms, we didn’t get her to sleep until 5:00 a.m. and that only lasted for an hour and a half. It was brutal. She even started to run a low-grade fever.

I took her to the pediatrician the next morning just to make sure there was nothing seriously wrong because we had never seen her in so much distress. But alas, she was diagnosed with a very bad cold and teething.

That’s when I started to ask my mommy friends for teething remedies. We tried infant Tylenol, cold toys, frozen towels, you name it. One thing we didn’t try was infant Motrin! I didn’t even know there was a difference between Motrin and Tylenol but our doctor said that Motrin is better for teething pain because it’s an anti-inflammatory.

Friends advised and our doctor confirmed that it was safe to alternate doses of infant Motrin and infant Tylenol a few hours apart, this way there is always medicine in her system. Thank our lucky stars, this pain management method worked!  We also used baby Vick’s vapor rub, a humidifier, saline and Nose Frida to keep her breathing easy. After a week, she was back to normal, and flashing a gummy grin with two new fangs on top. We call her our little vampire because she has taken up a biting habit now.

I’m so glad we learned that it is safe and effective to use infant Motrin and infant Tylenol together. You have to spread doses out a certain number of hours apart, and give Motrin every 6-8 hours and Tylenol every 4 hours. Please ask your pediatrician before you give any medicine to your child, as I am not a medical professional. I wouldn’t advise to give both unless your child is really, really in uncontrollable pain. But if it comes to that point, know that this is a solution!

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Navigating life as a wife, new mommy to a baby girl (Genevieve) and fur mommy to rescue dogs Lucky (Korean Jindo) and Lulu (plot hound) and media maven (PR Exec, lifestyle journalist and young divorce author-- learn more at hellojoelle.com). I have Epstein Barr Virus/chronic fatigue syndrome/ Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, was in labor for 20 hours then had a C-section, live in a renovated log cabin in NJ, can't cook, quit breastfeeding after four weeks and have no regrets (bottle mom from now on!), taught my daughter to say "tattoo" and recognize diamonds. Instagram @ hellojoelle Twitter @ChippedNailsMom Email chippedpolishandpattycake at gmail.com

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