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Child born premature, drooling, chewing fingers, sucking pacifiers. Can give calpol for teething pain?

Hi I need to ask about my baby he is actually a premature bay born in 25 week and 4days. He will be six months on 24th march. For past one week and a half we noticing he is drooling, chewing on his fingers or suck on his pacifier a lot than usual. But today he opened his bowel four times during the whole day infact last one was loose one. So I m kind of worried what shall I do can I give him Calpol to ease his teething pain? Guide me what else I can do please thank you doctor
Asked On : Thu, 14 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Though it is possible but most of the time babies at this time are mouthing I.e they put fingers in their mouth and not necessarily teething,so they drool .If your baby is not crying and comfortable you don't need to give any medications.However during this time they sometimes land with tummy infection due to fingers in mouth so watch for increase frequency in stools and fever if any of these happen then get him evaluated for treating infection.At present keep him well hydrated and this would be right time to start weaning if it has not been started.
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Answered: Thu, 14 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician, Neonatology Dr. Ramesh Thamilarasan's  Response
no need to give calpol for this. calpol is mainly for fever and pain. upto 4 years thumbsucking is a normal phenomenon. no need to give any medicine for that. for loose stools you can give oral zinc preparation (syp.zinconia) 10mg per day.
Answered: Fri, 15 Mar 2013
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