The Nightmare of Teething

Teething; the word that drives horror into the heart of seasoned parents and trepidation to the minds of new.

Usually teething starts to begin just after you have managed to survive the crazy newborn stage and just as your life is beginning to fall into the pattern of the new normal. For some lucky few it can begin even before this.  For most just as your chuckling cherub has overcome colic, your velcro baby has become a little less clingy, the teething begins.

An abhorrent evil and/ or an ingenious excuse?

Now the true magic of teething is that all the symptoms begin before those little white gnashers even appear.  In this way it can become a go to culprit (or excuse) for any ill temper your little one shows.  Feel free to use it generously.  I have a friend who would jokingly use it of her six, seven, eight year old.  Toddler groups particularly are a good time to use it when your little darling is especially trying.  ‘Teething,’ you can say and nod your head sagely. Everyone will agree and mutter sympathies, and in reality they probably are.

The signs

There are a few clues to show you whether in fact the true problem lies with teething.  From experience these symptoms can vary from child to child.

Flushed cheeks, nasty poo, a grumpiness that would make Snow White’s discontented dwarf appear positively chipper.  Teething is no joke.  They often drool causing a nasty rash and suddenly develop the desire to chew on everything in sight, however wildly inappropriate. I have many bite marks from this recently. Teething babies also can turn away from food or like my youngest become more interested in certain foods.  I cannot feed that boy enough cucumber or red pepper to satisfy his ferocious vegetable appetite.

The prescription?

Cuddle, calpol, teethings gels or powders and … obviously … gumigem.