Teething. Damn molars...Please tell me it doesn't get any worse!

Today there are so many of those Wordless Wednesday post going around that it would probably be best if I just went with posting one of those, because right now the only words that come to mind are nasty bad four-letter words. Why you ask? Ollie is teething something awful and it sucks! His molars are breaking though with a vengeance. Over the last few days neither of us has slept very well, so to say I am a crazed psycho bitch is an understatement.

But something tells me with so many of you being first time moms with toddlers around Ollie's age, you might actually benefit from me ranting about this.  If this is so, or you feel like reading a good old fashioned crazy April bitch rant then proceed. But know, you have been warned...


You see this face?
This is my best...
You have been warned, I am going to say bad words and rant incoherently at times. 
For

Fuck's.

Sake.

If teething was a person... I would punch them in their hateful face!

I know that all of that above is harsh, but so is not sleeping for four nights straight!  So is my son not eating because he is in so much pain.  So is my poor child so miserable that at times I am afraid he has been possessed by a shithead. So is the fact that when those nasty bastard teeth pop through they look like daggers from hell mounted on a tooth.  Bottom line: Ollie is cutting his molars top and bottom and it has been hell on our entire household... most of all on my poor sweet lil man.

I thought teething at 6 months was rough on him.  WRONG! That was nothing compared to this.  Back then his little front teeth popped through over night.  This round of teething, not so much.  The molars are taking their sweet ass time.  When the first one came though I was shocked to see the tooth looked like an Alp!  Seriously a super rough and pointed mountain with multiple peaks popped through Ollie's gum.  I can only imagine how much it hurt having that thing break through.

I know this is a terrible photo,
 but you can still see the blur of that hateful tooth back there.
(I will try to replace it, so please check back, he is just nasty about me getting too close to his mouth.)

The poor guy doesn't want to eat anything but popsicles, ice cream cones and yogurt smoothies. I know, super healthy. But in my defense, I have tried egg whites, soft pasta, bananas... nope nothing. He LOVES pasta!  In fact he managed to get the pasta down my shirt when he hurled it at me.  NOT COOL KID!  But other than a firm NO!  I didn't say much more. I know he is miserable from the discomfort, so I am trying to choose my battles.

Another sucks shit side effect from the teething is that he wakes up every 3 or 4 hours screaming.  Sometimes he goes back to sleep right away, others I go in and try to sooth him. But when I can tell he is in horrible pain, I give him Advil or Tylenol.  I hate dosing him too much, but when he is pain I don't hesitate.  That's what the stuff is for right?

Crap you all, this has really been such a trying time for him. For all of us.  It is clear to see he is annoyed, but not really sure what is going on.  He chews on his finger and toothbrush, but other that he is not really chewing on much else.  I would think he would be shoving everything in his mouth, but he doesn't.

I wish I could make it better without constantly dosing Ollie with medication.  So far I have heard that a frozen bagel or banana can relieve pain.  I also found this on the website Family Education which is pretty much in line with everything else that I have heard... 

"If your baby is cutting molars, the best thing you can do to help relieve the pain is to give her something to chew on. Offer your child a teething ring, a bagel, zwieback, a frozen banana, or something else that she likes to chew. A cold teether often can offer much needed comfort. (Some teething rings feature a gel on the inside that will cool inside a refrigerator.) A small ice cube wrapped in a clean dish towel combines the best virtues of any teething aid: hardness and coldness. You also can try giving her a cold, wet washcloth or a toothbrush to chew on."  I will say, my doctor said toothbrushes can be dangerous when the bristles break loose. 



Do you have any tips or tricks for alleviating the discomfort of cutting molars... besides bourbon or whisky on the gums?  I really want my happy baby back!





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25 comments:

Mrs. Loquacious said...

I gave Little L a lot of watermelon, and a cold gala apple (the whole thing minus a bite). For some reason, these helped. She did spit out the peels everywhere though, so be warned!

And we went through 10 bottles of Advil. No lie. You do what you gotta do!

Your Dad's Mustache said...

Hang in there mama! Our 20-month-old is working on her back molars and it is not pretty.

I give her frozen green beans - which she loves - to chew on. They are nice and cool but not too big to blast chill the rest of the mouth. Plus, I'd like to think it brings her a measure of satisfaction to be able to crush something to a pulp.

If he doesn't like green beans, maybe frozen grapes or strawberries? As long as you feel he can handle it safely of course. As for regular food, we have been blowing through our pouch stash (Gerber's, Plum, Etc..) as well as yogurt and rice puffs.

And, we do give her a half a doze of Advil when needed. Something to take the edge off.

Hope this helps! Good luck!

Kristy J said...

We are not there yet but I hope it starts to get better. Poor Ollie. I can't imagine the pain they go through getting these teeth.
Don't feel bad about giving him meds, it will help alleviate his pain to a bearable level. Good luck!!

Shay Grant said...

Poor Ollie! Poor you! I have no advice sorry hun, but I am very interested in what everyone else suggests - we're in and out of the same phase of teething, it's the pits :-(

Jessika Kazaros said...

OMG- right??? I've been in this miserable phase for MONTHS now. Seriously. It's ridiculous! For WEEKS we've had high raised gums where they are trying to break through- all 4 at once- but only 1 has cut the gum so far, and as you said, it's MISERABLE. I do not remember this at all with Kaely (maybe I blacked it out???), but he has been doing the same, waking up in the middle of the night (I sleepwalk anymore and pass out cold holding him in the rocking chair), being downright nasty sometimes with food (throwing things he would normally love), and um, yeah... I don't know. It SUCKS. I just have to hope the molars are the worst, because he still has the rest of his mouth to go :/

Jessika Kazaros said...

Huh, maybe that's why we've been going through the grocery store's stock of the Cheer Pouches of food and GoGurts... I noticed that lately too :/

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

You are SO AWESOME!! DWYGD!

10 bottles of Advil... we are on our second! And probably going to hit 10. Its the sleeping at night, there is no reason to let him wake up in pain if I can help it. If he is still crying by the time get to his room, I dose him.

I am going to get the watermelon today! Great idea!!

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

Thank you so much for this! The pouches... I totally forgot. BRILLIANT! and green beans... LOVE! I have those right now.

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

Thanks Kristy! Meds are definitely the saving grace with teething.

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

Momma I know you are right there with me! I hope these tips help you too.

Lovey said...

My son loves frozen peas. We also do cold apples, so funny he's not the only one spitting apple peels everywhere.

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

The throwing food Ollie loves is so hard. I know that he must be feeling terrible to turn down his favorites. Hopefully I will black this out too. xx

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

Thanks Lovey! Now I am intrigued about the apple peels... we are adding that to the shopping list for sure.

Amanda Boerst said...

I totally feel your pain! My son just turned 26 months yesterday and I'm pretty sure it was a good 6 months of pure terror getting those damn teeth through! Because, of course, they decided to stagger their growth to maximize the hell. My son's crib, bookshelf and window sills are all proof of his destruction. The parenting books don't tell you that you'll need to use a staple gun and thick canvas fabric to cover the window sills because your beautiful son will go at them like he's a damn beaver. But, I digress... I ended up making a bunch of 1"x 4" rectangles out of flannel fabric and stuffed them.. kinda like a fabric sausage. He went to town on those because, unlike the usual teethers, they were the right size so he could get them right where he needed to. BUT it does get better! I promise! :)

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

You said beaver... Sorry I am a child. Thanks for the sausage tip. I feel so bad for him. I cannot imagine we have 6 months to go! Thanks for letting me know it gets better...

Alissa said...

Misery love company.... Right there with you. What started as the bottom molars coming in and a few sleepless nights turned into a cold, misdiagnosis ear infection, allergy to antibiotics, and finally viral pneumonia... Last night was the first night in 2 WEEKS we had a full night of sleep. I haven't yet checked to see if the top ones came in. We too are just trying to get him to eat ANYTHING and have been living of advil/tylenol. Poor little dude lost a pound in the last two weeks :(

But I think we are on the upswing, hopefully. Just keep giving little Ollie lots of cuddles and kisses. Soon enough this will pass and it will be on to the next thing... Right?

Alissa said...

P.S. LOVE Ollie's Star Wars Shirt!!!!

Marianne said...

So whiskey on the gums is frowned upon now?

Sh*t.

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

Only if you tell people.

Amanda Jillian B said...

Teething sucks, do you have an amber teething necklace? My daughter wore her's nonstop!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

THe teething strips worked pretty well for Bennett too. Good luck!

the raider said...

Omg, I needed that laugh so bad. Thank you both for tears of laughter while I make my way through molar teething hell right alongside you.

the raider said...

You could tell me. I won't judge. Though I may invite myself and my miserable toddler over for a wee nip of relief ;)

the raider said...

What are teething strips?

the raider said...

What are teething strips?

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