Oh my God, he’s teething….
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What do I have to look forward to when my baby starts teething? Lord, ladies buckle up, because it’s gonna be a ride. Babies will get teeth at any time once they are born. I’m serious; in some babies you will see that telltale white cap around the 3 month mark. Generally though, babies will start teething around 4 to 7 months. I was lucky in a way because with both my boys, they were late teethers, getting their first tooth at around a year old. However, when that first one came, so did the others. There was no break for them and it’s a hard job, one that they don’t fully understand.
Teething Coping mechanisms
When it comes to teething coping mechanisms, there are a ton of things that you can do. People will tell you to give them baby orajel, or the teething tablets. I would be careful with them though because there has been a bit of controversy over potential side effects for the tablets. I have used both, and I haven’t had an issue, but it’s always best to err on the side of caution. Regardless your baby will not be the same gentle sweet infant during the teething process. He/she will turn into an angry 20 pound hellcat that drools everywhere. Seriously, I don’t even know where it came from half the time.
For a great deal of babies, drool is the least of the issues. They will have runny noses, irritability and god awful diarrhea. I mean this is the worst kind ever, and it causes the worst diaper rash on the planet. I have never understood why teething causes this, but it is what it is. Through trial and error I figured out what worked for each of my children. I currently have my 16 month old getting his back molars, so we are the teething trenches with you.
Creams, and more creams….
With my older son Caleb, actual Corn Starch worked like a charm on his butt. It was the only thing that really worked, and funnily enough when he gets a rash now, it still works. With Wyatt I tried the starch, nope, it did nothing for him. I tried every form of Desitin, A&D, butt paste, and nothing. What works for him is to mix AquaFor and baby powder with the corn starch already in it. It is like magic, and the next day his butt is all clear. I will tell you though, when I run out of this miracle cure, he is like a raving, screaming lunatic in pint size form. I mean, it’s all out war, so if you find whatever works, buy in bulk because for that first year, you will need it. I am not a momma who puts cream on every diaper change, because well I can’t afford it, but at any sign of a diaper rash, you bet I’m getting out the stash.
Now I have to tell you about this product that I truly wish I had known about before I had children because I would have gotten it every time. When I was trying to figure out the diaper rash treatment for my son Wyatt, I was given advice from my good friend Autumn about trying Amber necklaces. Now I know what you’re thinking, a necklace for a boy. When you have a baby, screaming bloody murder in the middle of the night; covered in, well you know what, you will try anything. After that god awful night I went to the local baby store and bought one. I don’t know what miracle craziness they put in these, but not only was Wyatt a much calmer baby, his drooling and diaper rash got much better. I know the comments that I could potentially get for recommended it, but I swear for my child, it worked.
The reason I say it worked is because when my daycare lost his necklace, his diaper rash, crabby attitude and drooling resumed. If you research the necklace it is made of Baltic amber and when it’s worn, they say it releases an oil containing succinic acid, this is naturally occurring substance in the body. This oil is supposed to have an analgesic effect on baby. Like I said, when you’re the mom, in the middle of the night, you are willing to try anything.
Baby Wipes, Fragrance Free Zone please…
Crap, I almost forgot an important fact. If you are in teething mode, please, please use the unscented and alcohol free natural baby wipes. I don’t know why the ones that scented irritate baby bottoms, but mine generally screamed if I touched them with one that was scented. You would have thought I was putting hot coals on his butt. Honestly, I don’t even buy the scented ones anymore, because what’s the use, they aren’t going to smell great for long.
If you would like a list of things to try, here goes:
Ointments: A&D ointment, both clear and white (medicated), butt paste, AquaFor (a bit expensive, but worth it for me)
Powders: Actual Corn Starch, Baby Powder (a few different versions)
Wipes: Huggies Natural Care (what I use) and any version that is just fragrance and alcohol free. There are so many different brands; I just like huggies brand myself.
I hope this list helps for those who are in teething mode, and just understand that it does get better. They won’t always be crazy, well that might not be true, but here’s hoping.
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