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Friday, February 04, 2011

Teething is Evil

A lot of friends find my son's smile very adorable and cute. I'm going to say it is the most charming smile in the world even if I am not his mother (thankfully I am). But did you know that behind that killer smile were sleepless nights spent carrying the boy, singing, cuddling and even dancing? There were a few occasions when we had to drive around the village at 2 in the morning just to pacify him.

He gets runny nose, develops slight cough and gets rashes on both cheeks. I know his gums feel sore and probably ache a lot hence our middle of the night drama. I know some doctors refuse to attribute them to teething, but as a hands on mom I have observed and witnessed these on my child every time a new tooth is about to crown.

I'd say it is only around these times when Enoe is terribly difficult to put to sleep at night and I sometimes wonder how I am able to get through the day at the office without collapsing on the floor snoring.

For mommies out there, I've come across some helpful tips from Kids Health when your baby is teething :

• Wipe your baby's face often with a cloth to remove the drool and prevent rashes from developing.

• Give your baby something to chew on. Make sure it's big enough so that it can't be swallowed and that it can't break into small pieces. A wet washcloth placed in the freezer for 30 minutes makes a handy teething aid — just be sure to wash it after each use. Rubber teething rings are also good, but avoid ones with liquid inside because they may break or leak. If you use a teething ring, be sure to take it out of the freezer before it becomes rock hard — you don't want to bruise those already swollen gums!

• Rub your baby's gums with a clean finger.

• Never tie a teething ring around a baby's neck — it could get caught on something and strangle the baby.

• If your baby seems irritable, acetaminophen may help — but always consult your doctor first. Never place an aspirin against the tooth, and don't rub alcohol on your baby's gums.

I am glad we're done with 6 little teeth. Over the next couple of months, there will be more. Gotta have my coffee ready. Aja!

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