‘He’s probably teething’
This is something which has been said to me over & over again since having my little boy. Teething, teething, teething. Everything gets blamed on those illusive teeth but there are so many different symptoms, & remedies. It’s a minefield!
My little boy started dribbling…I mean really dribbling…at about 5 weeks old. We were going through at least 8 soaked through bibs a day. ‘Oh he’s definitely teething’ is what everyone told us…his first tooth came through 9 months later! That is a long time to be teething with no sign of actual teeth. One thing I didn’t know before having a baby is that the teeth are busy moving round & getting into place way before they actually emerge from the gum which is why teething tends to take a looong time. A long & often painful time.
Looking online at signs of teething or ways to ease the discomfort opens up a whole new fountain of fun. I found lots of conflicting information so I thought it might be useful to compile a list to help shed some light on things.
Common symptoms of teething:
Off their food
Teething rash/red cheeks
Blood blister in the mouth
Some things that helped us along the way…
Dribble bibs became my new best friend. Otherwise the cute outfit you have dressed
them in that morning will look like you’ve spilt a whole glass of water down it 5
minutes later. The best brand of bibs I found (& believe me, I tried a lot) were Funky
Giraffe. They are super absorbent, soft (fleece backed) & also look cool. They
actually became a bit of a trademark of my little boy. He is never seen without one,
even if he is not having a particularly drooling day.
Invest in a decent teether
Anything they can get their hands on goes straight into the mouth.
They seem to find great relief in biting and chewing anything, hence our reason for
designing ‘My Friend Goo’
Poor things, nothing you do can soothe them. They don’t want to be held, but they
don’t want to be put down. Nothing you can do is right. Bad times in baby-land. I
tried a million and one different distraction techniques, listening to music, singing,
dancing, favourite toys, bouncing on my yoga ball whilst holding him (at times rather
vigorously), reading a book. Sometimes they worked, sometimes they didn’t but it
was worth a try.
Carrot, celery and cucumber sticks
These are great for biting even before the teeth come. The other great thing is you can
leave them in the fridge or freezer so they are lovely and cold.
Knotted frozen flanel/muslin
I know this sounds a bit weird but I cut up a square of muslin tied them into a knot, ran
them under cold water and then left them in the freezer for emergencies when his
mouth was really hot. This might not work for everyone but again in my darkest
moments anything was worth a go.