Sleepless in Dallas: A Post on Teething

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I won’t lie to you. It’s been a rough 48 hours. Adeline, 8 months, has a few teeth trying to come in at once. She has been sure to let me know the pain she has been experiencing, around the clock. Sunday night I don’t think she slept at all. Monday night she slept in chunks and woke up every few hours to eat, like a newborn. It’s fair to say that Mommy is exhausted. Therefore, this will be a quick post, a post I am writing as I hope that my child truly is falling asleep. (I dare not risk trying to fall asleep yet myself, only to be awaken within moments.)

Lilleigh didn’t seem as bothered by teething. Not in the way Adeline seems to be. My husband thinks I have just forgotten, but I really don’t remember this season for her. Whether Lilleigh skipped this phase or I have selective memory, I feel I have learned new tricks this round. I make no promises that these will work for your baby. After all, each child is different! (My how you realize that when you have another child!) Still, I do hope that these will help you too!

My current sanity…

  • Camilia by Boiron. This worked great for Lilleigh, but it’s not cutting it for Adeline. (I did say each child is different!)
  • Hyland’s teething tablets. These seem to help Adeline but didn’t help Lilleigh a bit. Go figure. Again, different children.
  • Clove essential oil. Rub diluted clove essential oil on the gums. Be sure to try it on yourself first though. Clove is potent and numbs! It will sting if it’s too strong. (You can use my banner in the right sidebar to buy essential oils.)
  • Lavender essential oil, diffused. I have not tried this yet but plan to tonight. This is more for soothing purposes rather than pain relief.
  • Infants’ Motrin! With her low-grade temp coming and going, Motrin has helped the pain and the fever. I know I usually recommend natural stuff, but there is a time and place for pharmaceuticals. For us, a need for sleep is that time and place.
  • Nurse! If your baby will let you, nurse her. I think babies get hot or cold when it comes to eating while teething. Mine wants to nurse constantly, and that’s okay. This too shall pass. The great thing about breast milk (if you have it) is that it has analgesic properties.
  • Sling. Many teething babies want to be held constantly, so do yourself a favor and get a good baby carrier. It will give your arms a break and possibly help you get one or two things done.
  • Teething jewelry. I love my Momma’s Jewels (cool on her gums) and my Chewbeads (Look for a deal on Very Jane.). My daughter likes having something to reach for and chew on. When I am wearing a teething necklace, then I don’t have to worry about carrying around a toy for her and having her drop it.
  • Amber teething necklace. I have written about these here and here. They aren’t a fix-all solution for Adeline, but her necklace has helped. She is less fussy with it on.
  • Chew toys. Anything baby can chew on is great! Cold foods, cold wash cloths, cold teethers. I actually reached for a foam bath letter in an act of desperation, and Adeline did not let go of it all afternoon. There are teeth marks all over the letter Q. Hey, whatever works.
  • Get outdoors, if weather permits. What is it about being outside that makes a crying baby happy?
  • Lastly, PRAY! I haven’t done this enough, as I really struggle to focus when I am lacking sleep, but I have been so aware of how the hours at night that I’m awake with my baby are such precious time to be praying for her – for her tender gums, for her sleep, for her health, for her friendship with her sister, for her future husband, for her salvation. One prayer I have been diligent to pray is for compassion. I have been praying that I would have compassion for my sweet baby. I’m beyond tired and desperately want sleep, but sweet one is in pain. And what a gift this sweet girl is, even when she cries non-stop.

And as I end, I hear Adeline crying. Off to tend to that sweet girl. What has helped your babies with teething?

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  1. Amber Teething Necklace, variety of essential oils, teething tablets, lots of nursing, and walks outside! My 10 month old just finished up 6 teeth in three weeks. Hopefully we are done for a while!

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