Our six year old has her second loose tooth (lower left central incisor). I say loose, but what I really mean is that she keeps pushing the tooth out with her tongue towards her lip so that its horizontal instead of vertical then yells to me "Hey Mum! Look at my tongue!" which is sticking out through the hole that is created when she does this.
Does this give you shivers?!
This is happening while simultaneously her lower left first permanent molar began to erupt.
And boy was it red and swollen back there. Poor thing, we had to do something for her...
Who gets any sleep when an eight month old is about to cut a tooth? Not I, that is for sure. Not my husband either. We are pretty doting parents. And the baby was definitely waking up every hour at night and not napping during the day.
Our cheerful baby was in pain. Her top left central incisor is coming. And her right one too. At the same time.
She was getting agitated easily during the day, surprising us with drooling, and really chewing on anything she could especially hands... hers or ours!
So both our normally happy kids were a touch melancholy, their mouths were sore, they wanted to feel comfy, and we wanted to try to help them! But before resorting to medication, we decided to try natural remedies first.
BY THE WAY.
Our six year old thinks its the best thing ever that her and her baby sis were getting teeth at the same time. They bonded with this experience. So there is more to this, something not so good turned into good - amazing.
BACK TO THE STORY.
So we aren't sleeping. The girls aren't really too hungry. Both of them had big, bulging red gums around the area that the tooth was about to come through.
And Mummy and Daddy are feeling pretty tired.
WHAT WE DID.
We had fun, cold snacks.
Crushed ice for our six year old, icy teethers for the baby. Homemade fruit popsicles (or called icy-pops at our house) for all! Homemade frozen breastmilk icy-pops for baby.
Of course, our four year old was also included in all pain management strategies. His teeth are healthy, intact, and he successfully reversed his cavities naturally so therefore his teeth are strong! But he did not want to be left out of the fun. So icy-pops for him too.
We find cold snacks to be an awesome distraction during the day.
We have an amber necklace that is suppose to relax the body and help with teething pain. Our son wore one from the age of six months until he was about two years old. Did it work? We think so. It is tough to determine subjectively as he was too young to communicate if it helped him feel better or not... but he was a pretty calm toddler so we lean towards thinking it helps.
WHAT ABOUT NIGHT TIME?
We researched chamomile extensively as we had been hearing so much about it lately. It has a calming effect on the body that can help with pain and promote sleep.
I was sold.
As a breastfeeding Mummy I drank chamomile tea every day. The children all love the tea too so they would join me. It's a nice routine to get into.
We also decided to make a chamomile tincture (I used a recipe from Wellness Mama) which we use a few drops on their gums of when the teething gets tough. As this is our first experience using a tincture with the children we are airing in caution and using perhaps less... but we also want to use safe precaution until we see the effects it has.
So far we a big fans of the chamomile tincture. All the kids get a tiny bit right before bed.
DID WE MAKE IT THROUGH THIS?
I know what you are thinking because I have been there. Your so tired, you can hardly pull it together, everybody needs you at the same time and they need you NOW.
But after what feels like an endless amount of time, you will notice one day that teeny, itsy bitsy little white, size of a pin head point poking through the gums.
The kids are happier.
They are eating again without complaining.
The baby isn't drooling all over anymore.
Hey, the kids are sleeping in decent stretches again!
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