Parent to Parent: Teething Troubles

Teething TroublesHaving two boys that are still young and close in age makes it feel like I’ve been in a perpetual teething hell. My 3 year old, Gabriel, finally grew the last of his teeth last summer. My one year old, Rafael, however is still working on his canine’s, or as my breastfeeding friends call them fangs.

Although my husband and I should feel as though we are teething veterans the last couple of sleepless nights are really kicking my butt. We reached out to our readers on the Little Lake County Facebook page and the response was great. Thank you to everyone who commented!

1. Chewing on a frozen washcloth was a popular response. The boys love gnawing on an ice cube wrapped in a washcloth during the day. It helps numb their gums so it’s not painful during the day.

2. Hyland Teething Tablets. I heard about these when Gabriel was born but never bought them for him. With the one year old we give them to him only after the ice doesn’t help with his discomfort. Editors Note: I {Melissa} have used them with all four of my kids. It’s the only way any of us slept!

3. Amber necklace (New Mother, New Baby carries amber necklaces locally). We bought some amber necklaces for the boys shortly after Rafael was born. I can’t report if they work or not because they both went MIA somewhere in the house before we could use them. I can say that a lot of my friends swear by them and even wear amber necklaces themselves to help relieve headaches. Editor’s Note: I ordered mine from Inspired by Finn. I’ve used them on my two youngest and I think they work. Basically If teething could be worse without it I don’t want to know!

4. Frozen fruit/vegetables. Just like with the frozen washcloth, frozen fruit or veggies are a great way for little teethers to numb their gums and increase their fruit and veggie intake. My kids particularly loved frozen bananas in a mesh feeder.

5. Motrin or Tylenol. This might not be a popular remedy but I swear by Motrin on those night where no natural remedy works.

6. Alcohol… for mom of course!

What are your teething tricks and tips? Leave them in the comments or join the conversation on Facebook!


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Rosemary is a mom who wears many hats. She is a working mom who has her own business, Rosie Bridges Photography, works full time and has two little boys (Gabriel 1/11 & Rafael 11/12). Together with her husband, David, they set off to find adventures all over Lake County. Rosemary moved to Lake County from Chicago as a teenager and has been a resident for over 10+ years. Although the big city lights have a special place in her heart, the quiet suburbs won her over to raise her children in. Rosemary also blogs and podcasts on with David about Parenting in the technology age. You can find her on social media on Twitter @rosie_bridges and Instagram @rosiebridges.

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