So much for old wives’ tales
Little Man is cutting two very painful eye teeth at the moment.
Yes, yes he is almost two and a half and wouldn’t you think we’d be done with this teething malarkey by now… But he only got his first tooth at 11 and a half months, and they’ve arrived slowly, one by painful one, in the 18 months since then. So much for the old wives theory that “if he gets them late, then they’ll all come in together.” If I had a Euro for every time someone offered me that “sage” consolation when I mentioned our troubles with teething, I’d be very rich. Maybe that’s true for some children, but not in this house!
So instead, here we are with our walking, talking, potty trained little boy, and Charlie and I are being tortured with restless nights, while our poor Little Man is still being tortured with sore gums. And by my count he still doesn’t have his molars, so we have that joy left yet!
Thankfully, we’ve been dealing with this teething business so long now that I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Of course we have the obvious solutions of bonjela on the gums (have to sneak this on – he hates it!) or Calpol. And I’ve discovered that ibuprofen seems to do a better job of reducing teething pain for him – unfortunately it seems a little harsh on his tummy, so I try to use this sparingly. Something we make great use of are frozen Frubes, which are even better than bonjela for cooling sore red gums.
One last trick that makes a difference to us is putting Little Man to sleep raised up a little on pillows when he’s teething. Excess saliva while teething tends to give him a nasty cough when he lies flat, and that impacts his sleep. But elevating his head alleviates that somewhat.
Anyone else with a long-term teether on their hands? Got any tips to share to help your little one through it?