Teething will be my demise. I know, it’s dramatic, but have you ever dealt with a cranky teething baby? It’s like having a pet gremlin that cries all the time and chews on everything and I mean EVERYTHING. Furniture, Sippy cups, toys, and even me if I’m not paying attention and he is being sneaky. It’s been a rough ride for my house hold lately but I can see a little light at the end of the tunnel. Hang in there, you too, will also see it!
Signs of a teething baby
Think your little one may be teething? Here are a few signs to let you know for sure. Keep in mind, babies teeth at different times. For example, both of my children got their first tooth at 3 months. You read that right, 3 months.
Runny/Snotty Nose: it’s gross and a tell-tell sign of teething.
Pulling at Ears: doesn’t mean they have an ear infection. Our ears, nose and throat are connected, so the pressure from teething can affect the ears. If you notice any smell or drainage, contact your pediatrician.
Drooling: So. Much. Salvia.
Constantly Gnawing on Objects: Mainly their own fingers.
Irritable: Baby will be whiny and not easily consolable. Baby may also have trouble sleeping.
Diaper Rash: baby will get this because of the extra salvia they are swallowing. Salvia is acidic which can cause a rash when they poo.
Diarrhea: completely normal but if you notice any abnormalities, such as, bloody stools and discoloration you should contact your pediatrician.
Low Grade Fever: Again, this is completely normal for a baby to run a low grade fever. Low Grade Fevers generally range between normal body temperature 98.7- 100.4, Any numbers not within the range, you should contact your pediatrician.
Tips for dealing with Teething
As a parent, you don’t want to see your sweet little one going through any pain what so ever. It’s heart breaking to see your baby cry or be uncomfortable and there isn’t much you can do for them. But, there are some tricks to help ease the pain a bit.
Anything Cold: Damp Washcloth (frozen), Metal Spoon (frozen or not), Fruit (if baby is old enough and under supervision), Teething toys (I’ll list my favorites at the bottom).
Pacifier: Some babies just want that comfort from an old friend. I normally only let my kids have their pacifiers at bed time or when they are just really fussy and nothing else works. I try not to let them walk around with it or have it all the time, it makes it easier when the time comes to take it away.
Gum Massage: With a clean finger, gently rub baby’s gums. Watch out for teeth when they clamp down, it hurts.
Wipe The Drool: Helps with skin irritation.
Over The Counter Relief: Non-medicated oral gel, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Gum Massage Gel, Teething Tablets. I personally use this method as a last resort, but you do whatever works for baby.
Teething Biscuits: Food seems to make just about anything better. Here are my favorite ones to use: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Plum-Organics-Little-Teethers-Baby-Teething-Wafers-Blueberry-3-17oz-6-Packs-of-6-Total-of-36/49333166
Toothbrush: This has been a new development for me. I was brushing my little ones teeth and he wouldn’t give up the toothbrush when I was done. He just chewed on it as happy as he could be. Only do this when baby is under supervision and seated. Don’t want them to fall and choke themselves.
Baby Food Teether: This teether is a God send. My baby loves it, I put cold fresh fruit in it and he gnaws away. This is the one we use: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Munchkin-Fresh-Food-Feeder-BPA-Free-Color-May-Vary/15256195?athcpid=15256195&athpgid=athenaItemPage&athcgid=null&athznid=PWVUB&athieid=v0&athstid=CS004&athguid=25641ae3-39a-16ca71b195c7dc&athena=true
Teething Mitt: We personally haven’t used this one yet, but I have a lot of friends that swear by it!! The hands are already in the mouth might as well give them something to gnaw on and it will ease some gum pressure.
Teething Necklace or Bracelet: The necklace works wonders but my hair does stick to the silicone and it pulls. My kids loved it so I would just hand it to them instead of wearing it. The bracelet I found was easier for them to handle.
Cuddles: Sometimes something as simple as sitting down and snuggling helps. Baby just want sthat loving touch from a parent.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Parenting is not for the faint of heart. It’s a tough road with lots of obstacles to overcome. Teething is just a speed bump, some bumps may rattle the whole car, but it’ll make it through. They have to get their teeth at some point, right? I am by no means a professional but I am a seasoned mommy and aunt who wants to share the wisdom that I’ve gathered through the years. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to message me! I’m here for you! Here are some of our favorite products:
With love and grace,