Welcome back to Risky Baby Business, our Saturday series about babies and pregnancy here at More Cowbell! If you’re new, the previous posts in this series can be found here.
In case you hadn’t guessed from the title of this post, Baby Girl is cutting her very last teeth RIGHT NOW. These 2nd molars (furthest back in the mouth) are the end of this stage and we can’t wait.
Baby Girl has some ginormous teeth (her molars looked like little white pebbles in the back of her mouth). I’d be on the floor if I had to cut teeth that big in my mouth. In addition to the giant teeth, she cut most of them in groups of four (i.e. all four molars, ALL the eye teeth).
My husband and I are going to throw a party when her last tooth comes in.
How does a new parent know when their baby is teething?
The snarky me wants to say, “Oh, you’ll KNOW.” However, in case you’re lucky enough to have a Stealth Teether, here’s 7 signs:
- Excessive drool
- Biting more than usual
- Fussier than usual, especially at night
- Disturbances in sleep patterns
- Fever, rashes, cough, and diarrhea
- Decreased appetite
- Pulling of ears and rubbing of chin and cheeks
What can you give to help ease the pain of teething?
Five parents will tell you five things but here’s the Top 5 methods recommended to me:
- Ice – either in the form of a frozen washcloth, teething toy or frozen foods (like bagels)
- Baby Orajel / Baby Anbesol (these did NOTHING for us)
- Hyland’s Teething Tablets – we could never find them in stock but I hear they rock.
- Clove oil – we tried it and she hated the taste (I’ve heard rave reviews though). You MUST dilute this – read here.
- Ibuprofen – this has been the most reliable for us, but you can’t give it until your baby is 6 months old. Ask a pharmacist for the right dosage.
I’ve also dabbed alcohol on her gums – Jagermeister worked the best. I know some of you parents want to lynch me for this, but I discovered it one night when she’d screamed for HOURS. In my defense, this was the last thing we tried. We’d already run through Orajel, clove oil, teething toys, frozen washcloths and trying to feed her.
She refused it all.
I poured a little bit of Jagermeister into the cap of the bottle, dipped my finger in and rubbed it along her gums. The crying cut off like a lightswitch and she went to sleep. Immediately. We keep a 3 oz bottle of Jagermeister on our dresser now and it has saved our bacon several times. When the last tooth comes in, we’re drinking it.
Now that she’s older, she’s also a pretty huge fan of ice. She camps out in the entryway with her toys where she has a bird’s eye view of the freezer, asking for “Ice, ice, ice” from anyone who passes by.
As with everything your babies do, if all else fails, just laugh. The following commercial is guaranteed to make any parent laugh, especially if they had boys.
What did you use for teething? Any magic remedies we haven’t found yet??