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All things teething

post #1 of 59
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Mila had been acting strange over the past 5ish days - nursing for two hours while dozing rather than actually napping, breaking into sudden, unexplained screeching cries, etc - but I figured it was one of those growth spurt things... until I caught a glimpse in her mouth.

 

My 14 week old baby is teething!

 

I guess she's more like 16 weeks since she was 11 days late, but that's still early and makes me really sad that she's growing up so fast. She's only just learning to grab things and put them in her mouth so she isn't quite able to use teething toys and she certainly can't have food yet so what do I do to help her without medicating? I have some baby Tylenol but I would really rather not use it.

 

I'm sure there are more mamas in this group who are either going through the same thing or are about to. Any ideas?

post #2 of 59

naomi has a tooth bud bump, too. she just pulls at her gums and is constantly chomping on her fingers/fist, blankets, me, and wooden teether toys... ever since i read that sure baby products can be BPA free or are supposed to be now, they still contain bisphenol. so i ditched all of our plastic toys. 

anyway.

amber teething necklaces! the raw/unpolished ones are best i believe. they contain succinic acid which helps with pain. they don't chew it, it is worn and is on their skin. i have to reorder one for naomi since mine was sent back, but i have heard only super positive stories about baltic amber teething necklaces from parents.

 

here's the link on bisphenol, btw. 

post #3 of 59
Rissa is the same way. Some days or times of day seem to bother her more than others. They can be in this phase for months though with no actual teeth popping out.

Does anyone have links for good places to buy the necklaces?
post #4 of 59

my DS1 had teeth at four months.  so he was born teething it seemed.  this little guy is pretty happy chewing away on my arm, knuckle or both his little fists.  driving me crazy w/ let downs though b/c he seems to need me (my body thinks) but he's not hungry.....

 

i'd love an amber teething necklace, but don't see one in our immediate future.  If someone finds a good one, affordable, that they like- please post it here!!!  i used hylands homeopathic teething tabs in the past, but didn't notice a huge difference.  i find more carrying, and changes of scenery and conversations are helping a lot.

post #5 of 59

i ordered mine from an etsy shop. a friend at a LLL meeting had one for her daughter from that shop and she swore by it, recommended them to everyone. i just reordered a raw amber necklace and anklet. i'll prob use the anklet before the necklace since she's so tiny. 

post #6 of 59

on top of teething and bb's suddenly cruddy sleepers?

post #7 of 59
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I've heard rave reviews about amber teething necklaces but I don't think I'll get one. All it takes is one little bead to break off separately in the one moment you aren't looking and you have a choking baby. Health Canada issued a warning about them, specifying that while nobody had choked yet, the possibility exists whenever you put anything around the neck of a baby under three. I respect your choices to use them, but they make me way too nervous.

 

Last night was particularly bad. I gave DD a wet facecloth wrapped around an ice cube to chew on because she had be screaming for a good two hours and when I pulled it away there was a little blood on it from her gums. I know it makes sense that there would be a little blood when teething but I suddenly felt just terrible for making her suffer with the pain when I knew I had Infants Tylenol in the cabinet, so I gave her a little bit (and then felt terrible for drugging my baby... there is no winning). She calmed down and was much happier for the rest of the night, but that's not something I look forward to going through again.

 

We're also at the beginning of our first heat wave of the season and DD has already established that she's an especially sweaty little creature, so I predict this will be a mess. It's currently 9:30am and 24 degree (75 F), expected to reach at least 31 (87.8 F) today. Looks like there's going to be sweat added to the various baby bodily fluids I get covered in every day, but at least I get to see her chunky little arms and legs more often now that it's too warm for clothes!

post #8 of 59

My little guy appears to be teething too..  though I know my last baby also appeared to be teething at 3.5 months and she didn't get teeth til 7 months.. but this time i can see the teeth.. so.. i don't know (my first 2 got teeth at 5 mo, and I had teeth at 4 mo) we'll see i guess!

 

I've been considering an amber teething necklace.. I have the amber and the supplies to make one (or several.. at one point  I had 3 kids wearing them and they've all broken, i just need to re-string)  I just don't know, I think I'll save it for when he is actually fussy about the teething, right now, he is just not sleeping great - and i like that, I want more night nursing so i won't get my cycle back in a month like i did last time! 

post #9 of 59
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Originally Posted by Teles View Post

I've heard rave reviews about amber teething necklaces but I don't think I'll get one. All it takes is one little bead to break off separately in the one moment you aren't looking and you have a choking baby. Health Canada issued a warning about them, specifying that while nobody had choked yet, the possibility exists whenever you put anything around the neck of a baby under three. I respect your choices to use them, but they make me way too nervous.

 

Last night was particularly bad. I gave DD a wet facecloth wrapped around an ice cube to chew on because she had be screaming for a good two hours and when I pulled it away there was a little blood on it from her gums. I know it makes sense that there would be a little blood when teething but I suddenly felt just terrible for making her suffer with the pain when I knew I had Infants Tylenol in the cabinet, so I gave her a little bit (and then felt terrible for drugging my baby... there is no winning). She calmed down and was much happier for the rest of the night, but that's not something I look forward to going through again.

 

We're also at the beginning of our first heat wave of the season and DD has already established that she's an especially sweaty little creature, so I predict this will be a mess. It's currently 9:30am and 24 degree (75 F), expected to reach at least 31 (87.8 F) today. Looks like there's going to be sweat added to the various baby bodily fluids I get covered in every day, but at least I get to see her chunky little arms and legs more often now that it's too warm for clothes!

Sometimes it is the ice that makes babies bleed.  the ice numbs the gums so they end up biting too hard and since they can't feel it, it can damage the gums.  I have heard just to put a cloth in the fridge to make it cool.  Unless the tooth is actually 'breaking' through the gums at that moment, there should be no blood.  

 

I used advil for really bad nights with DD2, but only a handful of times.  

 

Not looking forward to teething as both girls were really BAD teethers.  DS has been chewing on his fist for more than a month, I thought it was teething, but I can't see any buds or anything below the surface, so I think we still have a while.

 

He is so cutely sleeping in the moby right now.  I just keep kissing him!  :)  It is supposed to be almost 100 today and over 100 for the weekend.... Oh Joy!  He is only happy in arms or when I wear him.  Hope it cools down a bit before our real summer starts.

post #10 of 59

Joel just popped his first tooth today!!! I have three amber necklaces from my 20 month old, but can't find any of them. :( Oh, Joel is 4 1/2 months old, BTW. My earliest teether by far.

post #11 of 59
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It was months of gnawing and drooling but I discovered this morning that she has finally cut a tooth!

 

Bottom left and that solider is sharp as a knife

post #12 of 59
Nice! I hope Clarissa follows suit. She's been at it for months too and not sleeping well :/
post #13 of 59
Jenny, we are so with ya over here. Every single person who meets Margot (we're visiting family) has commented, based on her fussiness/drooling/gnawing/poor sleeping, that she "must be teething". But this has gone on for months! Ready for those teeth to make their appearance.
post #14 of 59
Both bottom middles as of Tuesday. They're through the gums (sharp!)... Seems like they'll take a week or two to be "finished?" Experienced mamas want to weigh in?
post #15 of 59

Seems like it takes FOREVER for them to come in all the way.... maybe a month or two?  But it is just one tooth after another that come in.... so it just seems like constant teething.

 

Liam got his first tooth a week ago yesterday.  He is still a drool monster.  

post #16 of 59
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Originally Posted by waywornwanderer View Post

Jenny, we are so with ya over here. Every single person who meets Margot (we're visiting family) has commented, based on her fussiness/drooling/gnawing/poor sleeping, that she "must be teething". But this has gone on for months! Ready for those teeth to make their appearance.

Yep same here! We have a lot of similarities in the teeth and sleep dept. I'm living on like 3-4 hours a night.
post #17 of 59

Wow, a month?  I can feel the progress day by day, but now that you mention it, it probably won't be totally "finished" (all of the tooth that should be exposed, being exposed) for at least a couple more weeks, at this rate.  No matter, as it doesn't seem to be causing her any issues.  Or at least, if there were any, I didn't attribute them to teething, and she's not having any now, except for learning not to bite Mama...  sigh.

post #18 of 59
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Mila has a rash all over the upper part of her chest, shoulders, and back. It's like a ring of rash.

 

I've heard tell of rashes from teething but it might also be a heat rash thing since it's super hot and muggy here all the time. Anyone care to weigh in with opinions/experiences? We have our 6 month (!) Dr appointment on Tuesday, but I'm curious to know if anyone has anything similar.

post #19 of 59

Si gets a rash around his mouth and chest if I don't wipe him up immediately.  He's been a drooling mess as well.  It looked like a tooth was about to surface a few days back but it looks differently as of last night.  He has about one bad day a week where he's really fussy.  So far I've only given him motrin once and that was when nothing soothed him and it was getting towards his bed time and he kept crying that sad little cry with his pout little lip.  He says ma when he's really uncomfortable.  Breaks my heart.

post #20 of 59

so tuesday we broke teeth too!  flew out for a family funeral thursday.  2 bottom teeth, razor sharp.  great plane rides though and finally back home.

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