When your baby reaches the milestone of cutting their first tooth it’s certainly an exciting time. Although getting there we endure sleepless nights and some frantic ordeals trying to soothe our babies. Babies endure some awful, sometimes very painful, swollen and inflamed gums while their teeth start cutting through. Not forgetting they produce a barrel of drool too.
The horrid onset of teething has been slowly lurking and creeping upon us awhile now, Frankie started to drool excessively about six weeks ago. One morning last week he woke up with a grumpy appearance, flushed cheeks and then refused his porridge. He never refuses food. Ever. With all gums he latched and gnawed on anything within arm’s reach. I even found him chewing on the side of Kayla’s dolls house the other day.
The poor little sod is waking four-to-ten times a night, sore, swollen and very upset. No cuddles, no Calpol, not even co-sleeping will comfort him. It’s an awful thing to watch, I’ve been close to tears as he wails. It’s heartbreaking. We are walking the walls trying to comfort him to no avail, he eventually sobs himself to sleep.
Frankie has been wearing an amber necklace since he was three months old. Amber is a known natural analgesic, when amber is worn next to the skin, it releases healing oils that helps children to stay calm and more relaxed throughout teething. Amber is a great natural remedy and can help eliminate the need for over the counter drugs, something I’m hugely in favour of. Amber necklaces are not recommended for children under the age of three due to choking hazards and the possibility of the necklace breaking or shattering.
Wholefoods Ireland sent me some Teetha granules to review awhile back and he seems to get a vast amount of relieve from a single sachet. We get about an hour or so relief from one and I love the fact they are a homeopathic remedy too.
I’ve been using his dribble stop top to keep his chest dry during his spells of excessive drooling. He’s easily losing a litre of saliva a day, it’s unnatural how much babies dribble throughout the whole teething process.
I’ve also been adding fruits like banana, pureed pear and mango to his meche feeder and freezing them to help soothe his painful gums, it’s a great way of sneaking him some food too, as his appetite has vanished.
He’s very attached at the moment too, I cannot leave the room without him crying after me or chasing me in his walker, I think his uncle got him a super express one, he’s a pro in it. I must be in full eye contact at all times. Kayla has been feeling very left out as he needs my constant attention every hour of every day. When we eventually get him to nap, all I want to do is chill with a strong coffee but she has other things in mind.
My favourite hour of the day is when daddy walks in and I almost throw Frankie at him and escape to our bedroom and hide, that’s until Kayla assumes I’m playing hide and seek and proceeds to act like a crazed jack in the box. This tooth better make an appearance soon or I may have to get in there with a chisel myself.
Have you any teething tips or remedies to share?
**The NCA have recalled all amber necklaces for children under the 36 months and do not recommend anyone use a amber necklace on their baby, to read more click HERE.