Probably the most unprepared I felt as a first-time momma, was when the builder began teething. It hit like a raging storm; wild and un-tamable. I thought it was the end of the world.
The dancer and grower are currently teething. Though the grower is having more success. 🙂 Three kiddos, three sets of baby teeth, still learning, and collecting a list of possible aids to mommas with teething kiddos. Also, welcoming suggestions from other mommas.
Here are 5 things that I’ve learned or things that work for us:
- the guilt – I thought I’d learned how to console my baby, but teething can be inconsolable. It’s easy to think that you’re no longer a good momma. Hang in there. It will pass.
- the pain – There are many different theories on the best way to deal with the pain. It was suggested to me to alternate between Children’s Tylenol and Motrin. (This is a common remedy). Unfortunately, the builder would throw-up the minute the Motrin was squeezed into his mouth. We gave up on the Motrin. Finally we tried Hyland’s Teething Tablets. These have been heaven sent. They give enough relief to allow our kiddos to relax and rest. Yet they aren’t constantly drowsy. (The grower can pick one of these tiny tablets out of my hand). I’m hoping it will help them learn to deal with the pain and build their pain threshold without having to endure a great amount of pain. We also used Baby’s Bliss Gripe Water with the dancer. (We discovered it when she had colic and gassy problems, and it also worked great for her teething.)
- distraction – Walks outside, games, music, books, and movies, have all given our kiddos something else to think about.
- food – whether they are eating solids or not, I’ve found that I’d rather the grower teeth on natural items such as apples, peppers, carrots, bananas, and pears.
- baby wearing – Holding, carrying, bouncing our baby or toddler, keeping them snuggled up close, has helped give the comfort they really need. Despite the 21 pounds the grower is currently sporting, I carry him in the BabyHawk, several times a day…especially when his teeth are bothering him.
So what works for you and your teething kiddos? What is your favorite remedy?