our 17mo son has always struggled with teething - is content during waking hours but the minute he stops to sleep or take naps, he seems to realize he's in pain and struggles fiercly to fall asleep and stay asleep. I still nurse him through the night when he wakes. when he seems to not be in too much discomfort, he's up twice through the night for 10 minutes and goes right back to sleep. His 4 eye teeth look like they're getting close to breaking through and man, it's not a pleasant place to be here in our home. He is up for 1-3 hours at a time when he does wake up now...I'll nurse him and try to put him down. he'll either instantly wake up or wake up 5 minutes later and we have to try it again. I will give him tylenol or advil when he seems to be really struggling but he'll still be up 45 minutes past getting medication. Dh and I both work so daytimes are getting pretty difficult and I'm worried I won't be able to function soon. I also give him homeopathics which seem to help a bit but don't make it all better.
As for naps, he usually has one a day, in the morning. It's usually a 30 minute process to get him to fall asleep, in his crib, with rubbing his back. This weekend, it's taken 1.5 hours yesterday and well over 2 hours today. He's obviously in agony, pushing his hands against his mouth, hitting his head against the side of the crib, and crying. I try to rock him but that doesn't even console him. I've given him medication both mornings after multiple tries with homeopathics - Hyland's teething gel, traumeel. But he still cries well past the time the medication should work. I feel so badly for him and feel like there should be something to help out there... anyone have any suggestions or have the same experience? I was always warned these were the worst teeth for them to cut and I don't think I had realized how bad it could get. the other issue is that ds is a very slow teether. Just because they look like they're right below the gum line doesn't mean we'll see them soon. I've seen teeth hover just under the gums for weeks, which his gums stretched white...for weeks! His top two look like they will cut through soon, but I hesitate to get my hopes up as we could still be in the same place 2 weeks from now.
Just had to vent and see if there is anything else we can try. I hate giving him medication, particularly multiple times a day. I may just have to accept this reality for a few weeks...but I hesitate to do it when it seems to not even do the trick. why fill his body with crap when it doesn't even help?
thanks for listening :)