Isaac had no teeth or signs of teething until 8 1/2 months, when all four front teeth (top and bottom) started to come in at once. Youch! Lately we’ve been dealing with a LOT of teething symptoms – drooling, clinging to my leg, whining, chewing on everything, clinging to my leg, groaning, not wanting to be put down, crying, and yes, clinging to my leg. I forgot what it was like to be constantly tripping over a baby!
Anyway, nighttime seems to be the worst time, when he wants to be held constantly and screams like he’s dying when I put him down. Seriously, if I even start to lean down to put him in a sitting position on the floor he becomes a screeching banshee.
I know all kids are different when it comes to things that help with the pain of teething. For instance, the things that haven’t worked for us:
- Ring teethers
- Wooden teethers
- Homemade popsicles
- My finger (ow!)
However, we have found a few things that do help:
- An ice cube put into a small sock with the end tied in a knot (he goes crazy over that!)
- A big cold carrot
- His own hand (whew!)
- Hyland’s Teething Tablets (They’re back! That link goes to the exact product I bought on Amazon.com)
- Distractions – like his favorite music or playing ball with his sister
On the worst nights I give him the teething tablets – I am so happy they’re back on the shelves! So far I haven’t had to give him more than the minimum dose, so I don’t think it’s been too horrible so far. They work really well, just as they did with Emma when she was a baby!
Unfortunately, my attempts to find these tablets in-store was thwarted, probably by frantic moms of teething toddlers who, fearful that another recall might be in the near future, cleared the shelves so that they could make it through the rest of their child’s horrific teething woes.
A curse upon them for not thinking of me! ;-)
Here’s the best picture of his bottom teeth I could get – for now. :)