Getting through Teething w/ some sanity

Posted by Amber Roper on

Teething is not something for the faint of heart.  I think of how much of a total B I turn into when I have a little tooth pain.  I know I would be completely wicked if I was Teething.  Considering what they are going through they really do take it like troopers.  Now your sleep and patience may take a hit but hang in there... Just like everything else... this will pass.
Now we do have some customers that have had babies born with teeth, but thankfully that isn't the standard age.  Even though timing can vary widely the average age a little squishy starts working on teeth is 6 months.  The two bottom front teeth (lower central incisors) are generally the first to pop through and say hello!  They are then joined by the top two front teeth (upper central incisors).
So how do you know if you have a "Diaper Diva", a "Hungry Hippo" or a "Sleepy Squish" vs. a "Teething Terror" on your hands.  The typical indications of teething are extra crankiness, Sore/tender gums, Chewing on EVERYTHING and Drooling.  Some parents say they see diaper rash and diarrhea but most of the research out there says that isn't true... so verdict is still out on that one.  Mommy intuition vs. Doctors..
So how can you bring relief to your little one... and yourself?  Well no matter what your grandma says... do NOT put whisky on their gums.  Instead try these avenues.
Cool + Pressure- cold items (not extreme cold/frozen) can be one of your best friends.  A cold washcloth and/or favorite plush or  hard rattle/teething toy and Kleynimals are fantastic teething toys since you get the benefit of cool + pressure on their gums.  Some babies prefer the feel of silicone teething toys.  This is where a Sweetooth Teething cone can really save the day w/ the variations of texture.
Dry- Excessive Drool can cause skin irritation.  This is where bibs really come in handy.  Bandanna bibs are always a fun twist on style and function!  Keeping a good water based healing moisturizer on hand is also helpful if they do start experiencing some irritation. 
Natural Aids- Baltic Amber necklaces are proven natural forms of pain relief for teething babies.  Amber itself is a fossilized tree resin and contains “succinic acid” which, by body warmth, is released into the skin when worn.
Succinic acid provides anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. For teething baby, this means pain relief and reduction of the inflammation of the gums that accompanies teething.  Punkin Butt Teething Oil (the sanity saver as we call it) is made with essential oils of chamomile, clove and peppermint.  By simply rubbing this on baby's gums will help banish teething pain and soothe baby (and probably the entire family).
WINE NOT for the baby of course... for you!  Remember you are doing a great job and that sometimes all that little one wants to do is cry it out...  Sometimes when there is no other solution I have been known to put my carrier on and dance around the house w/ a glass of wine in my hand and my baby on my back until she giggles the pain away.  
So when your little love bug turns into a teething terror come see us for help finding some solutions!
 

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