Teething is one of those milestones that, while adorable and sweet, is rough for most babies. And so, by proxy, it is hard on mom and dad, too. Basically, teething stinks. It was so hard to see my baby in pain or uncomfortable and because that, not only were the days hard but our sleep was disturbed, too. And since teething takes a good two years to complete (well, until 6 years old but they handle it better then) there are plenty of opportunities to try just about everything under the sun to relieve their pain and keep everyone sleeping at night. I know that I did.
Signs that your baby is teething can be pretty obvious like drooling, chewing on things, rubbing face/ jaw and swollen gums. But some signs are not as obvious like wanting to nurse all the time, biting down while breastfeeding, moodiness, pulling on the ears and refusing food. For my baby's first year, I pretty much started any investigation into symptoms by ruling out teething first. Because half the time it was teething.
As with just about everything in a baby's first year of life, though there are myths/Old Wives Tales associated with teething, too. BabyCenter reminds us that "If your baby is suffering from diarrhea, fever, or a runny nose, don't dismiss it as merely a sign of teething, especially if the symptoms persist for more than 24 hours. Even though plenty of parents swear that these symptoms seem directly related to their child's teething, there's no scientific proof that they are linked. A comprehensive analysis of 78 studies published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood in 2007, for example, found no connection between high fever and teething."
There are so many great ways to relieve teething pain. Some traditional like teething medication, frozen washcloths or teething rings. Some are lesser known like amber teething necklaces or using mesh feeders with frozen fruit or ice cubes in them. I think every baby has a different combination of things that work to help them (and you) through teething.
So now I want to know... how did you help baby get through teething? What worked for you?
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