Alice started getting teeth at 5 months. Although it was a time of happiness and excitement reaching such a milestone, I had no idea what I was in for. I didn’t realize teething meant no sleep. I had NEVER been more sleep deprived till now.
What is teething?
Teething is when the lovely bones of your mouth start to break skin. In other words, teeth starting to reach the surface of your gums.
When I say it has been tough, I mean it. Why? Because teething tends to cause physical pain to your baby and it is hard to watch your child go through it. Alice has even woken just to scream as opposed to crying.
Sometimes kids start teething before their teeth come in. So you can just watch out for certain signs such as:
- Swollen gums
- Trouble sleeping
- Biting or Chewing on EVERYTHING
- Rejecting food
- Rubbing his/her face
- Feverish; on and off
If you see a lot of these happening at the same time, more than likely they are teething. When Alice caught a fever I was constantly worried, because I am a first-time mom who had never gone through it. Just make sure to monitor it in case it stays consistent or gets worse; it might be more than just teething.
Some great ways to soothe the pain:
- Keep it Cool: Giving cold breast milk might be a little unorthodox but it works like magic. You can even make it a popsicle for them to suck on. I bought this really great popsicle mold that is inexpensive on amazon. Just click the picture for a direct link.
- Numb the Pain: You can try something over-the-counter, like Motrin or teething gel or you can try something at home. My husband wet a cloth with some rum and wrapped it in ice for her to suck on. Believe or not, it works. *Avoid Baby Orajel because benzocaine has been found to be harmful to the little ones.
- Hard Foods: Your little one will probably be chewing and gnawing on everything, so try out some infant crackers or a veggie bite.
- Comfort them: So by all means cuddle and snuggle with them because the security they feel will soothe the pain they must endure.
Tell me about when your child started teething!