I have a 15 month-old at home, which means we’ve been dealing with teething for approximately…. 37 years.
It feels that long.
In parenting, it feels like there are so very many gray areas. And even though many parents fervently see them as black and white, it’s still hard to know what’s “right” and what’s “right for your child.”
Teething tablets may be linked to infant deaths and have therefor been blacklisted, but on the other hand you don’t want to give your child Tylenol ’round the clock. And teething toys like Sophie the giraffe have been demonized. (As if mold growing inside wet plastic toys is really such a revelation.) But then there’s the amber teething necklaces that half the moms I know swear by, but to me are just proof the placebo effect can work vicariously. (This personal belief may be the result of being one of the only non-medical professionals in my immediate family.) Although I’d be willing to try anything of the homeopathic or even superstitious nature if it worked, given it wasn’t also a choking hazard. But then again, what ISN’T a choking hazard to a toddler? Last week we had a scare when he got half a plastic Easter egg stuck in his mouth.
Often it feels like the only things left are a good snuggle for the pain and an absorbent bib for all that drool.
The one cold, hard, concrete, black-and-white fact that has actually offered some relief (to me, not to the poor baby guy):
Praise the American Dental Association, we are almost DONE!!
Because I am insane, borderline OCD, and like to highlight things, here is his progress. Blue for teeth that are in, orange for current “eruptions.” (For those like me, you can download the PDF here.)
Time to Dish.
What are YOU doing to make it through the grind of teething? Or if you have older kids even better – what did YOU do? Other perspectives would be greatly appreciated.