Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Could It Be - Teeth for the New Year?

For a while I thought that Penny's refusal to eat was because she was teething - she drools a lot, has a few "flash fevers" and of course refused to eat.  But since it has gone on for a month (as I found in this letter to Penelope) we are going to try the medicine for acid reflux - which is ridiculously expensive!

However, Ned is also starting to have some teething signs - uptick in drool, chewing on hands, flushed.  And tonight he woke up at 9:30 pm screaming.  He's never done that before and it wasn't to eat.  Tylenol settled him down.   I knew once he started teething we'd know it - he's not exactly shy about letting us know something is wrong.  

I hate giving my kids so much Tylenol - we gave Penny a bunch over the last few days hoping it would help with the eating (if teething were the culprit).  The kids are too uncoordinated to chew on teething rings or the ends of toys that have teething pads/rubber ends.  Sucking on cold washcloths also don't seem to help.  Anyone have any other suggestion or should I just suck it up and give them the Tylenol? 

I am not sure I'm ready for this new challenge - we haven't fixed Penny's eating or gotten night sleeping down yet.  In many ways this is like being a law associate - new challenges popping up before you understand the ones you are already facing.  

4 comments:

Sally said...

Hyland's teething tablets (http://www.hylands.com/products/teething.php) help my boys sometimes. Not quite as powerful as Tylenol, but I feel a whole lot better giving it to them regularly. I think it was around 4 months when I started seeing teething signs, but we didn't see any actual teeth until 7 months. Good luck.

Goddess in Progress said...

I remember my kids drooling and gnawing on things a lot last Christmas, at about 4.5 months old. Daniel's first tooth didn't show up until 6 months (exactly) and Rebecca's wasn't until 8.5. It may yet be a while...

Krissy said...

Jonathan's first two teeth popped out at 4 months with no indications whatsoever. Faith, on the other hand, is a TERRIBLE teether and we have prayed each and every one of those pearly whites through the surface.

I found it very hard to know what was a sign of teething and what was the kids using their mouth as their third arm...they do seem to explore everything with their mouths, and my pediatrician told me that the increased saliva helps to flush the germs out...made sense at the time...

We only have one set of eye-teeth and 2 sets of 2-year molars to go! Looking forward to that last tooth popping through!

Melissa said...

I found that putting the pacifier in the freezer for awhile helped during teething. Not sure if you use pacifiers, but thought I would mention it.