It seems like I blink, and Charlie changes. Last week he was just learning to roll, and was still tentative about belly to back. Now, he can roll from one side of the living room to the other! Last night, he showed me he can do this:

Yup, you’re seeing it right. Unassisted sitting. When the hell….???!!! He’s so amazing.

Anyway, one milestone we’ve recently run into is one is not so fun, nor is it exciting… You probably already know what I’m going to say – teething.

Charlie has been teething for about a month, we think. He’s been fussy, drool-y, bite-y and obsessed with his tongue. But, the past couple of days have been pretty bad. And, don’t even get me started on how the nights have been. *Yawn*

My lack of sleep brought me to the trusty, ole interwebs, where I started reaching our for some advice on how to handle this grumpy milestone. Take a look at what the Mayo Clinic had to say on the subject — some tips we will surely be putting to good use in the coming weeks and months.

Teething: Tips for soothing sore gums

What’s typical?

Although timing varies widely, babies often begin teething by about age 6 months. The two bottom front teeth (lower central incisors) are usually the first to appear, followed by the two top front teeth (upper central incisors).

Classic signs and symptoms of teething include:

  • Drooling
  • Chewing on solid objects
  • Irritability or crankiness
  • Sore or tender gums

Many parents suspect that teething causes fever and diarrhea, but researchers say this isn’t true. Teething can cause signs and symptoms in the mouth and gums — but not elsewhere in the body.

What’s the best way to soothe sore gums?

If your teething baby seems uncomfortable, consider these simple tips:

  • Rub your baby’s gums. Use a clean finger, moistened gauze pad or damp washcloth to massage your baby’s gums. The pressure can ease your baby’s discomfort.
  • Offer a teething ring. Try one made of firm rubber. The liquid-filled variety might break under the pressure of your baby’s chewing. If a bottle seems to do the trick, fill it with water. Prolonged contact with sugar from formula, milk or juice contributes to tooth decay.
  • Keep it cool. A cold washcloth or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby’s gums. Don’t give your baby a frozen teething ring, however. Contact with extreme cold can be harmful.
  • Try hard foods. If your baby is eating solid foods, you might offer something edible for gnawing — such as a peeled and chilled cucumber or carrot. Keep a close eye on your baby, however. Any pieces that break off might pose a choking hazard.
  • Dry the drool. Excessive drooling is part of the teething process. To prevent skin irritation, keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby’s chin.
  • Try an over-the-counter remedy.If your baby is especially cranky, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) might help. Be cautious about teething medications that contain benzocaine. Benzocaine products have been associated with methemoglobinemia — a rare but serious condition that reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood.

To read more, you can find the full article here.

If you’re going through the same thing, good luck and godspeed. I hope those teeth pop through quick and you can avoid prolonged exposure to the teething monster!

Teething Monster

One Thought on “The Teething Monster

  1. angela avery on May 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM said:

    My son started drooling non stop and was fussy and had colds from 3 months on so we were told by everyone and anyone around us, “oh he’s teething..” yet his first tooth did not arrive until he was 13 MONTHS old! Crazy! That teething monster is not fun.

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