Teething Sucks.

It’s 11:50pm as I start to write this, but I didn’t want to start the week off with no post! This week, due to the craziness that comes with a FIRST BIRTHDAY, I may not post daily. I’ll do my best but just giving fair warning!

We’ve had a rough couple of days with Ava. Father’s Day was wonderful, but Ava got her very first fever. I promise, this girl has never been warmer than 98 degree in her life, and 4 days to go she got a fever of 101. I mean, when I got her up from her nap she was burning to the touch. It was the weirdest thing I’ve felt in my life. And even weirder, because she has never had one, I just assumed it was because she was covered with her blanket during nap time. I gave her Tylenol anyway, but mainly because she’s been teething. The day went on as normal, and she didn’t complain. She wasn’t happy but she didn’t complain. Hours later, when we were done running around and back at my parents’ house for a Father’s Day cookout, I came into the house to find Ava laying with my mom on the couch. Ava didn’t lift her head or anything when I walked in, so I knew she was feeling bad. Again, she was burning up, and sure enough her temp was high.

This has continued through today, though her temp is between 99 and 100. She seems happier but I still feel bad for her. We see the tooth culprit coming in next to the first one, so we’re hoping it comes through without many more days of this, and without any ear infections. How awful would that be to celebrate your first birthday?

While caring for a sick baby, we’re trying to tie up the last details of Ava’s party. It’s been rough. But it will be great.

Thanks for bearing with me through the woes of teething. All you mamas and daddies out there know what I’m talking about! You want to know the funniest part? I thought we were in the clear when Ava got her first tooth with minimal symptoms. I thought they were bad, but she was mainly just fussy and achy. Never before feverish. Good grief.

How to soothe a teething baby

How to soothe a teething baby:

  1. You can’t.
  2. Nothing works.

But seriously, there are a few things that help Ava when her gums hurt, but no “cure-all” by any means. That would make parenting too easy, ha! Here are some of the techniques that we’ve used:

  • Cold/frozen teething ring – the cold numbs her gums and gives relief; however, it also numbs her lips and she only tolerates is for a short time
  • Cold washcloth – more gentle than the teether, so it may give relief longer. Ava also like sucking the cold water out of the washcloth. Not sure if she’s thirsty or if it feels good, but she’s content!
  • Baltic amber necklace – This is seriously awesome. It’s a natural way to make teething less painful… When the necklace touches warm skin, it releases Succinic Acid and reduces swelling.These come in necklace, bracelet, and anklet form, and are not to be chewed. You can find them on Bouncy Baby Boutique – this is where we bought Ava’s. It seems to work well, and she never messes with it. Best of all, we don’t need to use medicine! The biggest downside is that we have to take it off each time she goes down for a nap, because it is only supposed to be worn under supervision, and we often forget to put it back on her.
  • Tylenol – this is our go-to solution around bedtime. Ava gets especially fussy at night time, and it helps her sleep and sleep longer. Of course, if you have to do Tylenol, look for the dye-free version (they sell most places now, such at Target and Wal-Mart), and make sure you use the correct dosage for your baby.

Like I said, these help to an extent, but we haven’t found anything that works extremely long term. But I guess that’s just teething! Good thing they won’t remember it when it’s all over. It just stinks to see them so uncomfortable.

 

The Teething Monster

For those of you with babies who already have their first tooth, you know what to expect. Heck, I thought I knew what to expect too! I’ve read so many articles about teething, but for some reason it still caught me off guard.

Teeth appear for different babies at different ages… most around 4-7 months. So, as my baby reached 4 months, I began “seeing” symptoms of teething, like drooling, chewing and fussiness.

“Oh, she must be teething.”

I said this for about 6 months before I noticed the change. Even when you think you know what you’re looking for, actual teething is about 1,000,000 times worse. Those “symptoms” I saw before turned out to be just normal baby behavior. That’s a first time mom for ya!

About a month ago, Ava, who is now 11 months old, really began teething. She’s easily irritated at times. She uses my shoulder as a chew toy. The drool just flows from her mouth. It’s disgusting. Side note: she also just learned to give kisses. Adorable, but slimy and kinda gross. Trouble sleeping is another one of those symptoms I heard about back around 4 months, and I assumed Ava was just exempt from that. Psh. Nope. Our perfect sleeper has been having multiple-times-a-night scream fests. Thankfully it didn’t take us long to realize that¬†precautionary Tylenol helped us all sleep better.

And what makes it all worse, is there are still no teeth. You can see a few just hanging out below her gum line, but they are just sitting there, torturing her. In fact, I started doubting her teeth were the problem!

Then I Googled teething babies. First of all, poor things! There are so many images of crying babies with red gums with 5+ teeth below the gum line at once. Which brings me to my next symptom I didn’t fully comprehend before: when the baby sources say babies will have red, swollen gums, they need to 1) include pictures and 2) point out that you can usually see the teeth below the gums! There’s no way I would have imagined that my baby’s gums could look like that. Yet there they are…

Teething Baby

It’s a bit hard to see here, but she’s got two bumps on the bottom. Poor girl. Someone told me that because she’s getting her first teeth at such an old age, that she will probably get several all at once. Which seems easier on babies… one or two at a time or 4+?

Stay tuned for my thoughts on how to make the teething monster a little more bearable.