My almost 5 month old is already teething. Because his gums hurt, he rejects his bottle all day. He's hungry, but as soon as he starts sucking he spits out the nipple and won't take any more.
The good thing is, is that he's already on infant cereal, so I'm able to get him to eat a couple of times a day to fill his belly.
However, I'm worried that he might get dehydrated if he doesn't drink.
Has anyone else had this problem before? How do I help him to drink more?
asked 05 Jan '10, 21:47
We were told not to use baby teething gels due to possible side effects. I have found a blog that provides a good review of some of the research.
Things that we found helpful, especially when our daughter was younger and hadn't quite mastered hand eye coordination necessary for teething rings (we also often found these to be too large for her mouth) is to wet a washcloth, put it in the freezer and let her chew on that. On many occasions we would end up simply giving her baby tylenol or advil as a last resort when nothing else worked.
I found that once the pain of the teething was alleviated, she would take her milk.
answered 06 Jan '10, 13:35
I am SO THANKFUL I found this blog. We have been experiencing the same EXACT thing with our 5.5 month old son for the past two weeks. We have tried absolutely everything; even taking him to the doctor. The only thing that seems to work for now is rubbing his gums with a teething gel like Baby Orajel a few minutes before he eats. Before, he would just slap the bottle away and cry, now after the teething gel has kicked in he sucks his bottle dry!
answered 21 May '12, 13:21
I absolutely agree with what Phil Seller says about rubbing his gums prior to feeding.
Additionally you could change the nipples/teats on his bottles (if you haven't already) so that he gets a stronger flow of milk more easily and also attempt using a Sippy Cup
answered 06 Jan '10, 13:05
I have a 4 month old who is teething and has refused to drink from the bottle for the past few weeks, either formula or expressed milk. I tried loads of different brands, none of which made any difference, but I've just bought Nuk bottles, and he accepted them straightaway!- I'd highly recommend them. Also, have found that Nelson's Teetha sachets are really helpful for calming him when his sore gums are making him stressed. Good luck