I hate teething. My son is cranky all day, drooling, and a crying mess. The littlest things set him to screaming. I just had to put him in his room after 45 minutes of melt down mode. I am about ready to pull my hair out. Baby orajel works a little, and he has teethers that he doesn't use. The sad thing is that he is awake in his room fine, but if I were to bring him down with me he would go crazy again if I didn't give him something or if I had to set him down or whatever the situation was. I think I am mostly venting/frustrated but seriously ready to cry with the frustration.
Any suggestions? I need halp!
My wife's solution: white zinfandel. Oh, not for the baby, just a sip for mommy to take the edge off.
Our girls were the same way (and you know what's better than one teething baby? TWO teething babies!) - we tried orajel, teethers, frozen peas, frozen washcloths, and nothing really stopped the screaming for too long. At best, like the white zin, they seemed to dull the worst of the pain, so instead of having crabby droolers in a lot of pain, we had crabby droolers in less pain. :(
Make sure you're taking time for yourself.
Infant acetaminophen or ibuprofen? I'm not a fan of unnecessarily medicating my kids but my son wouldn't just pop a single tooth at a time, he'd usually be working on four at once. It was just too painful for him to not have the occasional dose of medication while teething.
One thing that did work to ease the pain, or at least take his mind off of it, was to stuff those mesh feeder bags with frozen banana or thawed banana with an ice cube.
I like cnichols2000's suggestion best, though. =]
My daughter hasn't started teething yet but a lot of people swear by hyland's tablets. I plan on trying them in a few weeks when we're in this stage.
Teething tablets suck. Homeopathic nonsense, they're just caffeine. Give your baby coffee, it's cheaper and they'll still be bouncing off the walls in pain afterwards.
I'm fortunate my girl didn't have horrible teething fits. They came, they saw, they conquered and she went along her merry way. However, she was a late teether and has a great tolerance for pain given how many times I've dropped her.
Frozen waffles are my favorite teething treat, and a good helping of tylenol.
My nephews both like gnawing on ginger snaps...the horrible gooey mess they turned them into is another undesirable thing, but much better than crotchety babies.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I was at my end this morning. Hence the time out, luckily it worked and he came back downstairs happy again. I just get irritated with the nonstop fits about everything. Luckily it wasn't all day. I am going to give a few of these things a try.
Tylenol helps alot if it's that bad. I like to do orajel and tylenol when she's REALLY cranky. I know alot of moms that say to wet a washcloth and freeze it and give that to them to chew on. It's worth a try. Good luck, my dd is teething now, her 5th and 6th tooth and it's much easier than it was with the first two.