Besides sleep regressions, I think one of the next dreaded time period for new parents is when the babies start to teeth. These are times of crankiness and pain for all. Babies can experience diaper issues, fevers, loss of appetite all while trying to deal with the pain of teeth breaking through the gums, and on top of that, they can’t talk so they can’t tell you what’s wrong. From the time Cameron was about 4 months old, I swore any time she wasn’t a happy go lucky baby it was due to teething. She wasn’t sleeping normally, teething, she was crying a little bit extra, teething, extra cranky, teething. So when those suckers finally did start breaking through we tried all we could to make sure she stayed comfortable.
People told us to try those Amber necklaces because they worked great and you wouldn’t even be able to tell the child was teething. So I bought one and hoped for the best, but it didn’t work for us.
The doctor told us we could try infants Motrin or Tylenol, but I didn’t want to give her that often because I didn’t want her body to become immune to it for it we needed to use it for something more severe. But we did use it every now and then, especially at night to help her sleep a bit better.
We tried orajel for about a day until I realized how bad that was for her, so we switched to the Nuby teething gel. That did seem to work pretty well. We also stuck pacifiers and teethers in the freezer for her to suck on. We tried frozen fruit but she wasn’t much of a fan of that.
I don’t know if this is the same for everyone, but only the first few teeth were pretty bad as far as the really bad crankiness we saw from Cameron. After the first few, it didn’t seem to bother her AS much. She also got a bunch of teeth all at once so that may have helped too.
We are very close to being done, we have some canines and the back molars, then we should be good until the tooth fairy starts making her visits. At least that’s what I’m hoping as I have not been told otherwise.
Do you have anything that worked for you and your kiddo to deal with teething?