Baby Teething Symptoms … The best kept, worst parenting secret!

Why are the baby teething symptoms the best kept, worst parenting secret?  Because you would think someone would at least mention something about this stage of parenting, since it is equivalent to hitting a brick wall.  GT went from being the perfect 9 month old, sleeping through the night, eating on a solid schedule, and only using an occasional Vick’s Vapor Pad for some allergy congestion to not sleeping through the night, eating like a bird, and having a steady stream of Tylenol or Motrin to combat the baby teething symptoms.

Around the 8.5-9 month mark we noticed that GT began to voraciously start chewing on the harder edges of his binkies and then there was waterfall of drool that started.  So we stocked up on the harder, more rigid binkies and invested in a plethora of bibs.  We also noticed a small little bump on the front of his lower gums.  This went on for a couple of weeks without any other noticeable changes in habits or schedules.  I still remember the night that it all changed.

We were at Mommy’s family reunion and she was sharing with everyone that asked, that “yeah, he sleeps between 10 – 12 hours a night.”  That very night he started his screaming fits throughout the night and a full night’s sleep in our house is now back to being a premium.  The first tooth took a month to cut threw.  GT had a one tooth smile for about a month before the other front began show and then finally cut through.  And they just keep coming, we have four teeth, working on five and six.

Some of the other baby teething symptoms include:

  • Rosy cheeks,
  • Fever,
  • Loss of appetite,
  • Difficult diapers,
  • Trouble sleeping;
  • and Irritability (by everyone).

And yes, I did mention that we used Tylenol or Motrin for some pain relief, but that’s for another post.

Please feel free to share your baby teething troubles or experiences!

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