I knew we had one more battle to face.
Squishy is getting his 2 year molars.
From what I hear this process can last for months, but the MOLAR MONSTER is definitely back in Las Vegas.
As mentioned before; Signs of this Molar Monster may include, but are not limited to:
- Mass hysteria
- Serious sleep deprivation
- Lack of coordination related to symptom above
- Biting while nursing
- Refusing to eat
- Refusing to sleep
- Crazy quantities of drool
- Increase in Diet Coke consumption
- Temper Tantrums
- A willingness to try anything to make it stop
Now that Squish is a bit older, he can do a few more things to help alleviate his pain. Here are my first 10 Tips to a Teething Baby
1. Ice Chips/Frozen Fruit stays number one on my list. No matter what age your child is, this is a wonderful way to help them ease the pain. (Please remember at all ages, to monitor this and keep the ice chips small to avoid choking.)
2. Give them the Toothbrush. You are already doing this twice a day (I hope), but now you can give them control of the toothbrush and let them go to town. (Please don’t let your child run with a toothbrush in their mouth) Not only will your child have clean and healthy teeth, but they will be able to ease their pain too!
3. Vanilla Extract. Last time I gave you the tip to try clover oil, and while we are still using that method, we have also tried rubbing a bit of Vanilla Extract on the gum. According to ParentTime where I read about this little gem of a tip, the vanilla helps for 3 reasons.
- The pressure of rubbing it on eases pain.
- The small amount of alcohol in the extract gives the gums a warm sensation.
- And finally, vanilla has long been known to have calming effects.
4. Use your Baby Signs. I taught Squish the sign for medicine, and for hurt. While we are still working on hurt, he has signed medicine to me before. If I know he is hurting (see signs above), I don’t mind giving him a dose of Ibuprofen to ease the pain the Molar Monster is creating. After he signs, I ask him if his teeth hurt. He will put his hand in his mouth, or more recently respond yes. Signing has allowed us to communicate much more effectively.
** Please note, I don’t just give my son Tylenol/Ibuprofen on a whim. I know he is teething, swollen gums, Constantly chewing on his fingers, also cue me into this.
5. Tea. Yes, tea for your toddler. I suggest Chamomile for the calming effect it has. Plus the warm liquid can do wonders for teething pain, and helps your toddler to relax.
6. Distraction. Now that Squish is older and more mobile, the healing powers of distraction can work wonders. A trip out to the park, playground, or even a nice fun bath, all help to take his mind off the pain.
Do you have tips on how to soothe a teething monster? I’d love to hear them!
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