Baby Steps, Moms Steps: And Then There Were Teeth
My son is almost 2 years old. And he’s STILL teething. I feel bad for the little guy, but seriously…enough is enough!
He started teething around 3 months old. Or at least that’s what we thought it was. All of the drooling, the crying, etc. My mom told me I cut my first tooth when I was just 5 months old, so it wasn’t entirely unreasonable to think that he could as well. So, for the next 6 months, we waited. And waited. And waited some more until his first tooth finally made an appearance. He was 9 months old.
At least at that age, he was able to put things into his mouth to help his gums feel better. He especially liked the cold teethers, but not the frozen ones. Well that’s just fine and dandy for 5 minutes, but they do NOT keep their coldness for long at all.
In order to help him feel better, I tried almost everything on the market. I didn’t want to use any numbing gels since I had heard that there could be some complications, such as swallowing the gel. So, I went the natural way. I bought every type of natural teething aid there was: gels, tablets, powders. I had friends swear by some of these products, so when they didn’t work for us, I was happy to give them our leftovers.
I got to the point where I was seriously considering alcohol…and not just for him! Seriously though, all those stories about how a fingertip of whiskey on the gums…. Btu alas, I would not give in. Both of us stayed quite sober. And he continued to be in pain.
At night, I sometimes gave him ibuprofen to help ease the pain long enough for him to get to sleep. Eventually, when he was a little older, I gave in and used the numbing gels. I found that the prefilled swabs were the safest and it would be hard to give him too much. We were both temporarily relieved.
Now, at almost 2 years old, he is much more aware of pain, and he’s much better at complaining about it. He was a champ when his 1 year molars came in (I almost didn’t even notice), but there are a few more regular teeth that are coming in right now and he’s having some serious pain with them. He should be a pro at this already!
I know he’s also got his 2 year molars which will follow shortly. I just can’t wait for this to end. I feel bad for him, and I feel bad that I can’t do anything else to help him. So, for all you moms out there with teething children, I feel your pain. And remember: one day, this too shall pass. I think.
Lauren is a mom, wife, BornFree Ambassador, and former architect living in New York. She describes herself as being quite a bit like Phoebe from “Friends” with a little Monica thrown in. Her blog “Baby Steps. Mom Steps” is a regular column on BornFreeMom.com