Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Canine Incisor Molar Oh My!

Ah yes we have entered the wonderful world of teething!  Those tiny little pearly whites are close to coming in and my little princess wants to make sure we know it!

Here is what the average baby's mouth will look like once all of their teeth come in:

Right now the thought of going through this TWENTY TIMES!!?!#?!  is a wee bit overwhelming!

She's been drooling like a leaky faucet since December, but in the last week the faucet has been opened and she's salivating like a dog who sees a nice, big juicy steak!  Everything goes to her mouth and if she can't lift it she just brings her head to the item...wait, she doesn't just bring her head to it, she launches herself at it with a mouth so wide you could fit a Big Mac into it!

She is also fussy.... if fussy means screaming at the top of her lungs like she's a mad woman on the loose. The screaming is a mix of a pain scream, which is sad to hear, and the "I'm so angry with you I want to rip your head off just for fun" scream, which sometimes makes me chuckle just a tiny bit.  (Just a teeny, tiny bit, I swear!)

We have a numbing agent like this  but it is now being recommended against by some doctors.  As parents of a tiny being who is sometimes in excruciating pain, we decided to try it no avail.  Poor Little Miss continues to be in pain.

After hearing so much about this somewhat costly teething toy, we shelled out the cash however so far it has seemed more like an expensive dog toy.  I am holding out hope that Little Miss will soon enjoy chewing on the Sophie Giraffe's rubber legs and head, but thus far she holds it for a moment and then flings it to the ground.  This does nothing for her teeth.

I've heard many moms talk about Amber teething necklaces.  I absolutely cannot figure out how they would help but many moms swear by them and that's good enough for me.  As soon as I can get my hands on one I will be trying it out  to see if it reduces the shrieks.

Teething tablets are another thing I have heard about but not yet tried.  I am not sure if they are even sold in Canada...but if they are, I will find them!

"They" say that the first two teeth are the worst and the rest get easier for moms (and babies too of course!) and I can't honestly remember when my son was teething almost 16 years ago, so the scars must not last forever, but right now I'd be okay skipping the teeth and fitting her with mini dentures.


Anonymous said...

Reddlox from TMP here. Sorry she's having such a rough go of it. Just thought I'd let you know that Hylands teething tablets were recalled. They're supposed to be coming out with a reformulated product though early this year.

Staceroo said...

Thanks Reddlox! I guess timing is everything! LOL I will keep my eye out for them (at least until she has teeth and the discomfort lessens!)