Teething Tips

April 17, 2013

Mazen now has not one but two little teeth!!! It has taken about 3 weeks for them to cut through, and his bottom two teeth are gradually making their way up.

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Mazen started showing signs of teething at 14 weeks old – lots of drool and hands in mouth ALL the time. Since these are also signs of a 14 week old baby, I really had no idea when the teeth were actually going to come. 5 months later it seems : )

The only sign that he was teething when the teeth actually started to emerge was their visibility. He didn’t start to drool more or chew more since he already did those things. His cheeks did rose up a lot during this time, but I didn’t know if that was just a coincidence. He never had a fever or anything and while he did have some face rash, I’m not sure if that was related to the teeth or the dry desert air of our trip to Arizona.

Around 6 months we noticed little white squares embedded in his gums that started to look more prominent and eventually a white blister appeared on top of his gums just days before the first one broke through. I probably stuck my (clean) fingers in there every hour those days to see if I could feel it yet, and then one time – I could! A sharp little razor of a baby tooth.

He did have a few rounds of unexpected fussiness around the time when the first blister appeared, including a couple of midnight wakeups. I had heard that the pain was the worst right before the teeth burst through, and that was true for us. We used some chew toys, homeopathic teething tablets (after all of my friends recommended them) and acetaminophen a few times. But overall, these first two weren’t too bad. I hear the molars are the worst!

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Here are a few of the things we tried to make teething as comfortable as possible:

-Blankets: M loves to chew on fabric, and he seemed to enjoy chewing on his receiving blankets most of all. His blanket chewing peaked when his teeth started to come in. He also loved to chew on his lovie at bedtime, and I think this helped him fall asleep throughout the teething process.

-A teething necklace: I got the above necklace for Christmas and wore it a few times when I knew we’d be out of the house a lot (like on our flight to Arizona!) He liked to chew on it, although it didn’t seem as therapeutic as I might have predicted.

-Chew toys and teething rings: Like I said, M likes to chew on everything so I’m not sure if any specific teething products made much more of a difference than his everyday toys. I had one teething fish that I put in the fridge so it would hopefully cool off his gums, and he did seem to enjoy that when I gave it to him at midnight one night, but he grew tired of it quickly. In general any squishy toy was a good teething toy!

-Clean fingers: He loved to chew on my fingers, but watch out because once those teeth came in a bite HURT! Total “Charlie Bit Me” moment Winking smile

-Homeopathic teething tablets: My friends swore by these little “marshmallow” tablets that melted in his mouth. It’s hard to tell how much they actually worked, but a few times he definitely calmed afterward. Whether it was from the tablet’s ingredients or the distraction of having something to chew, I don’t really care. Bottom line is it helped!

-Acetaminophen: I try to be conservative with medicine, but there were a few nights when I felt that he was really in pain, so I gave him a dose and it definitely helped.

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ES April 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

Motrin is actually a better choice than tylenol because it’s anti-inflammatory (and it lasts longer) Just a tip of my own!

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2 Abby April 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

My little one, 7 months old, also just got her first two bottom teeth! Unfortunatley for us she also got a horrible diaper rash with them that we are still working to heal (we are on day 12 of it and after seeing the pediatrician we are now applying a paste of Mylanta and Desitin, strange but it appears to finally be healing up!) I agree with all of the above and we also gave her a little motrin for 2 nights when our great sleeper was up crying in pain, tossing her head and pulling her ears. I am so glad we did beacuse I really think it helped her sleep. Now I am nervous that all her new teeth are going to cause a diaper rash, any thoughts on the amber teething necklaces? I have read good and bad but would love to hear anyone’s experience with them.

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3 Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

I swore by the Hyland’s teething tablets! I saw such a difference with each of my kids when they were teething and I used them.

I can see those two little white teeth in his picture. So cute!

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4 Kathleen Ojo @ My Ojos April 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

My daughter popper her first two bottom teeth right around 5 months – now at 8.5 months, she has three top teeth as well and another on the way! Why do babies need so many teeth??

She has been sick off-and-on for the last couple months, so I couldn’t really tell if she was bothered by teething or just uncomfortable from having a cold (or if the congestion was really a cold, or teething?? So confusing). The Hylands tablets never made much of a difference, as far as I can tell, but they were distracting to her. We put some natural clove gel on her gums a couple times, but she HATED it (I don’t blame her, that stuff is intense!) It might have helped though, she definitely calmed afterwards – once she finished spitting and clawing at her mouth.

Your little guy is SO adorable, I can’t wait to see more pics of that toothy grin!!

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5 Cathy April 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Frozen fruit in those mesh baby feeders helps too. :)

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6 Janine Custer April 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Hey Kath, are you still breastfeeding? If so any really bad bites by M? That is one of my worries as we too are getting through our little one’s teething. Thanks!

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7 KERF April 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Yes, I’ve gotten a few nips, but no real bites yet. I’m scared…

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8 K April 18, 2013 at 4:34 am

My wee girl is six months old, she cut her bottom teeth bang on four months and her top two have just cut through this weekend.

I’m breastfeeding and have several nips but worse than the biting is the gum rubbing she does in the few days before the teeth cut! It’s like having newborn again with all the latch adjusting that goes on!

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9 Sarah April 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

I’ve got an almost-2-year-old and have nursed her through all her teeth so far (still waiting on the second set of molars). I’ve been nipped a few times but the worst has been when she’d fall asleep, clamp down and then pull off… but the pain goes away, and I was not about to wake her up to try to correct her for it at the time!

For what it’s worth, I also noticed that her latch sometimes deteriorated when she was teething and then got better again when her mouth felt better, so sometimes we’d have to do a little more unlatching and re-latching than usual.

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10 Stephanie April 17, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Frozen wash cloths are awesome for teething. When he’s a more confident eater, frozen waffles work great, too.

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11 Amy April 17, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Agreed! You can also soak the cloth in chamomile tea, then freeze it.

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12 robin April 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm

What do teething tablets have in them?

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13 KERF April 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Chamomile is the main ingredient, plus Coffea cruda and Calcarea phosphorica, homeopathic ingredients for dentition and wakefulness

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14 Ps April 17, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Did you use orajel? Can you share he name of the teething tablets?

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15 KERF April 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Here is a link

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16 MTP April 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I mean this in no way to be critical of you as a person, and I do quite enjoy your blog, but the American Medical Association considers homeopathy to be quackery. As an RD, someone who would have a natural affinity toward the scientific, I’m surprised that you would endorse a product that has no basis in science.

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17 KERF April 18, 2013 at 8:30 am

I’m open minded to all types of medicine

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18 robin April 18, 2013 at 6:41 am

I will be sure to tell my daughter about these for when the time comes. Good to know about these new products.

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19 Nicole April 18, 2013 at 8:29 am

Baltic Amber teething necklaces are AMAZING and work wonders! My childbirth and doula clients have sworn by them over the past few years.

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20 Casey April 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm

My son wears the amber teething necklace and I haven’t noticed it helping him any.

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21 Dianna April 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Curious to know at what age did you allow M to start sleeping with his lovie? Or did you just allow him to fall asleep with it and then remove it from the crib?

BTW-I love your blog:)

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22 KERF April 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Once he became more mobile having mastered rolling over and things

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23 Sarah C April 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm

My little guy (now 21 months) got his first tooth at 4.5 months – and he had no manners, so we had to stop nursing. He would bite, I would correct him, and he would just laugh. So I pumped until he was 8 months old.

He also like to chew on clothes (nothing cold, so I tried wash cloths and frozen toys), and would also chew on his regular toys.

I found that the homeopathic tablets helped the most. They seemed to calm him down. We would give him one or two before bed because the pressure and pain when he would lay down prevented him from falling asleep.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion regarding homeopathic vs. traditional, but I think it’s really what works for you. It’s been 3 months since I finished cancer treatment. I would have swallowed any pill or gladly injected myself with something that would have helped my nausea and discomfort. The only thing that helped was ginger candy. I also used essential oils during radiation to help with side effects. I assumed traditional meds would be more powerful, but this was not the case, at least with me.

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24 Ana April 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I personally could never give an infant a product containing Belladonna (Hyland’s). It may be natural, but it’s still a deadly poison. I can’t think of a good reason to give that to anyone, much less an infant.

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25 KERF April 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm

FYI, Orajel Naturals don’t have belladonna

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26 Janine April 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm

The belladonna in homeopathics is so diluted that it isn’t even a particle by the definition of Avogadro’s law. That’s why homeopathics are so controversial- there really isn’t anything there- it’s the energy of the substance that remains.

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27 Melissa April 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

My daughter nipped me ONCE after she got teeth (she nursed till 13 months). She was about Mazen’s age. I caught her looking at me. She looked me straight in the eye (as she was preparing to latch), then still watching, bit me. I think she just wanted to see what would happen, and now that she’s almost 4, I KNOW that’s why she did it (she’s so inquisitive). I said ‘OUCH!’ really loud, she pulled back, kind of processed it, and latched again with no teeth involved. That was the one and only time she bit me. Hopefully you won’t have many probelms with Mazen teething, but I know there’s a lot of information out there if he does. Kudos to nursing still! :D

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28 Liz April 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm

My daughter loves it when I freeze her binkys. Seems to calm her for a bit.

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29 Lindsy April 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm

I started reading your site when I was pregnant ( my little one is a month behind yours) and your openness and post honestly got me through those long months, so thank you ( I kinda feel like I have stalked your family) … But what is a lovie?

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30 KERF April 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Something he sleeps with.. It’s a frog thats like a cloth with a head

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