Teething: the reason we can’t remember when we were babies & toddlers

by sue on February 18, 2011

in Parenting

We all know babies get crabby when they are teething, but there are so many other symptoms that can be linked to teething it’s maddening.

  • Drooling
  • Runny Nose
  • Crabby/Fussiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleeplessness
  • Fever
  • Red cheeks
  • Refusal of food
  • Vomiting

With all of these possible symptoms, how are you supposed to know when it’s teething, and when you should visit the doctor?

Hopefully you have a Pediatrician that takes e-mails. For some reason it is so much easier for me to send a quick e-mail then call the office, I guess it just because I don’t want to hear the tone in the doctors voice when he says “It’s just teething, you dummy!”

Our pediatrician doesn’t recommend Orajel, because it can numb their throats, which would prevent the gag reflex from working, but admittedly, we do use you it, just not ALL the time. We also purchased a bunch of teethers and keep them in the freezer. Of course you can always use a wet wash cloth, and even put it in the freezer for extra comfort. Sometimes just holding the baby, rubbing their gums with your finger, and giving them extra attention can calm them for a bit. But when 2 or even 3 babies are teething at the same time, it’s really hard to give them each the needed attention.

littleBee1, my singleton, never really had teething issues other than chewing everything in sight and a bit of fussiness, so I wasn’t really prepared for the other end of the spectrum with the triplets. It has been about the same for littleBee3, and littleBee4. It starts with a lot of whining, drooling, then a bit of a fever (99), refusal of food for many days in a row, followed by vomiting whatever food I manage to force down, and waking occasionally in the middle of the night.

I was sure it wasn’t teething when the vomiting started, but I was wrong. The Pediatrician wanted to see them to make sure it wasn’t an ear infection or something else and at that office visit, I was informed that all the extra mucus gets swallowed and causes an upset stomach, which can result in vomiting.  Who would have thunk!

So what do you do when your child is vomiting from teething? Our Pediatrician suggested 2-3 days of Florastor. It’s a Probiotic that will help settle their tummies. You can find it at your local pharmacy, you know the one popping up on every corner. A couple days of Florastor and we are back to eating, less whining, and on to the next hurdle.

20 teeth down (or up), and 40 more to go – UGH!

I just keep reminding myself that they won’t remember all of this pain when they get older.


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