Is anyone else teething? What remedies are working for you?
Mom to K and R
Crystal- aka "Momma" to: Lara Karlene 1-1-05 ~ Keira Skyler 1-31-07 ~ Rohnin Viper 8-12-09 & March 2014!!!!
I've been sure I'm going crazy but I can see some tooth buds on Adelaide's bottom jaw. Two little spots, LOTS of drooling, strange fussy periods, chomping like her life depends on it. She doesn't have a lot of control over her hands yet (she's only 10 weeks) but when she can get something in her mouth she chomps hard. She chews her pacifier more often than she sucks on it.
We still don't have our latch down yet (see the chiro on friday ), is this going to ruin our chances of ever getting nursing going?? Are my nips going to be bloody again? Oh gosh, I just realized that if she starts teething now, we may never EVER have nursing that doesn't hurt!
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Anyway, I liked hylands teething tabs... they melt really quickly and I'd sort of tip them under her tongue. Homeopathic Pulsatilla on it's own for fussing and crying, and homeopathic Arnica for swelling also helped.
I froze breastmilk into popsicles (I actually used a decorative ice cube tray and put the heart shaped "breast-cicles" into one of those mesh feeding bags) and soaked washcloths in breastmilk and chilled them in the fridge... she'd gnaw on those, or I could rub her gums with them.
After she started solids I chilled fruit in the mesh bag for chomping.
Colic treatments sometimes helped since she'd swallow a lot of air... gripe water is a blend of chamomile and ginger and "belly soothing" herbs. Just make sure you look for one without sugar or alcohol. And home made chamomile tea can be soothing as well (assuming no allergies).
However, I found that we did use baby tylenol now and then... I'm not a fan of treating symptoms instead of causes, but the cause of teething pain is pretty un-avoidable and only time is going to solve the problem so if babe (or I) needed the sleep or if babe seemed really unhappy I'd pull out the tylenol.
--dd1 used tylenol maybe 3-4 times for her teeth. dd2 though used it much more since she had a much much harder time teething... at a year she only had a few teeth, but each of those teeth caused weeks of painful swelling, bloody blisters on her gums, and in one case an infection that had to be drained. Her teeth would "erupt" but not cut through the surface skin. So YMMV and different treatments work differently for each kiddo!)---
Sami; Dedicated to Joey, 6yrs as Wife... already 10 as Sweetheart
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