Monday, October 08, 2007

Biting Humor

There are a number of things I don’t want to do; until recently, a colonoscopy was at the top of that list. Since I can unfortunately say that I’ve been there and done that, I’ve needed a new number one don’t-want-to-do-that thing.

And I think I’ve found it.

I do not want to cut any new teeth.

Yeah, yeah, no worries there, I know. But they are doing incredible things with stems cells, like growing vital organ tissue. I even saw a picture of a human ear being grown on the back of a mouse (seriously; here's a link to the picture). Can new teeth be far behind?

You can probably guess why - we have entered the teething months.

Really, it should be called the inconsolable months. There is nothing we can do to make her happy when she’s in the throws of trying to cut a tooth (teeth?). A frozen chewy thing or a wet compress to gum seems to help. For a bit, anyway.

There are a number of “remedies” on the market for teething pain. But I fear they are nothing more than Doc Terminus’ Snake Oil Cure-All.

This has been going on for a few days and we have absolutely no teeth to show for it.

In the meantime, what are your cures for the new teeth blues?

12 Comments:

Blogger Darren said...

I'm happy to say that I don't remember Clare ever having a problem cutting teeth. I'm sure she had her days of miserable crying and complaining, but now that she's almost six, those days don't stand out so much anymore.

Hang in there.

10/08/2007 11:15 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Hylands Teething Tablets - they are supposed to be "all natural". You take one, rub it on their gums - and viola - pain seems to be gone. I know not what they do - but they were the key for us.

Good luck!

10/08/2007 11:25 PM  
Blogger b*babbler said...

I've heard of the teething tablets, but haven't tried them. A friend used them and loved them.

Otherwise, alcohol. For all concerned. Kidding. Mostly.

Good luck!

10/09/2007 6:21 AM  
Anonymous jkerrigan said...

Infant Tylenol. My son was such a happy baby that if he ever had an unidentifiable crying jag, we chalked it up to teething and gave him some Tylenol. Worked everytime.

10/09/2007 8:53 AM  
Blogger creative-type dad said...

My great-grandmother use to rub whiskey on the gums

10/09/2007 2:10 PM  
Blogger BethGo said...

Both of my boys had teething pain for months before we ever saw any sign of a tooth. It was not fun.
My best answer for you is baby tylenol. It's the only thing that helped and we only used it at night on really trying occasions. Good luck.

10/09/2007 2:45 PM  
Blogger Sandie said...

A wet washcloth to chew on is helpful, but it won't take care of everything. It's fine to give some infant tylenol (you can even try a half dose if you are concerned about it. Most of the time a half dose helps enough!)

I'm sorry to say, teething isn't a process that's over in a few days. Teeth take a while. And once the first one pops through, there are 19 more to go. It can take two years for all of them to come in!

Really, Tylenol is your best friend right now! You can ask your pediatrician how much to give based on Squeakers weight.

Good luck!

10/10/2007 7:30 PM  
Anonymous cc said...

three words that will be your best friend during the teething period: HYLANDS TEETHING TABLETS. they work wonders. it's like magic. won't make the teeth come out any faster, but at least it will soothe the squeak enough so she can sleep.

10/11/2007 1:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi there

we used some homopathic remedy that we got at the natural store - seemed to work for a bit. Plus we used oraljel as well for the nighttime - and some tylenol as well.

Brenna (my 4yr old daughter) had some very miserable nights too.

Best of luck
Michelle

10/11/2007 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We used the Hylands Teething tablets. They were like gold. I give them as baby shower gifts now. I don't know what they do, but you can instantly see the pain written on the baby's face melt away.
If you can't rub them on the spot, just put them on the tounge, they melt right away.
They also make Tummy Tablets. Good too, but not the cure all that the teething tablets were.
They now have out an ear ache remedy which I have tried myself on a recent ear infection. Worked great the first dose, but didn't do a whole lot of good on further doses.

10/11/2007 8:01 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

A shot of tequila.

For me, that is.

A dose of Tylenol for them seemed to help a lot.

10/14/2007 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baby tylenol

Also baby washcloths that have been soaked in water and frozen in the freezer until crunchy. The thinner baby washcloths (not the super terry ones) worked the best for us. My twins liked the crunchy texture and sucking on the water as the ice melted.

Good luck

10/25/2007 12:57 PM  

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