Before I became a mom I worked in the "mobile infant" room for a daycare center. So yeah, we had the best room. We had a bunch of smiling, laughing and curious babies all crawling around with each other and I was in heaven. Until it started.
And by "it" I mean, all the teething. Of course, I still loved my job but if you have raised or cared for multiple teething children at once then you get me. It was, at times, what I will lovingly refer to as a teething circus. With frozen wash cloths in constant rotation and teethers that didn't last more than a few days. We kept track of doses of pain reliever and worked hard to keep one half of the room safe from the biting half. And we celebrated when drooling mouths and swollen gums gave way to the relief of a tooth finally poking through. Teething is rough, man!
I learned a lot about teething at that daycare. But I also had to un-learn a few things that I had thought were true. Did you know that teething doesn't cause fever or diaper rash? Maybe you did, but that was news to me! I also thought at the time that teething caused ear infections and colds but that's not true, either!
Never minding the myths we were told, teething does cause pain, swelling, drooling, sleep disturbances, eating disturbances and irritability. So it's good to have a game plan and be ready. Your baby will show the first signs of teething somewhere between 8 months and 12 months and there are twenty teeth coming in over the first 2 years. It's truly not easy being a baby but with loving help through it, you can make it a bit easier on your baby and cuddle them through it.
What do you use to soothe teething symptoms? Any tips or tricks you want to share?
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