Having a baby can be one of the best things in the world, but babies have a different agenda. Rarely a week goes by without them causing you some form of concern. One of those concerns for us at the moment is teething.Teething seems to be one of the things that most parents remember and are glad that they’re past it. It seems that it affects a baby in a number of ways:
- Lots of biting
- Lots of chewing
- Red cheeks – to add to those already red ones if they have nappy rash!
- Trouble feeding
Our little lad is currently very health and has tracked all of the graphs for weight perfectly, but with an impending health visitor appointment, we’re both concerned that he will have dropped off the curve as all of a sudden he’s started to feed very irregularly. That isn’t to say at strange times, but sometimes he’ll take loads in one sitting, then other times, he’ll pull off and start crying when the bottle passes his lips. This tends to mean that for most of his feeds you’re constantly waiting for the littlest wriggle and then a load of crying. This is immensly frustrating for me and is 4 times worse for his mum who has the majority of the feeds.
So what can be done?
Well, there are lots of suggestions:
- Cold flannels to chew on
- Teething toys
- Rubbing their gums
- Cold drinks/food
- Teething gel – see a doctor first!
But none of these seem to have any effect, which then makes you wonder if he really is teething! We’re fairly sure he is but again, we’re hoping that the health visitor can confirm it (good luck!). So if he is, what do we do?
We’ve found that once he breaks off, there is little chance of getting him to get back on the bottle. He’s definitely hungry and will even attempt drinking out of a cup, although trying to master a new way to drink whilst teething is a job in itself. Distraction can help. Try taking a break for 10 mins. Go and play quietly or read a book. It can make feeding a drawn out process but ultimately it’s about them getting the food they need, even if it’s very trying. Other than that, try and keep yourself sane by talking to other parents who have been through it. Perhaps they have an idea, or can just sympathise.
Finally, if you do find a solution, let other parents know as it might just save them the heartache as well!