Teething is blamed for everything. I think I've posted about this before, back around 6 months when Addie got her first two pearly whites. But here we are again, *thinking* there are more teeth coming. Yesterday she wouldn't eat lunch at all, not even her bottle, and was crying tugging away at her ears, her hair, her eyes. I took her temperature. Normal. I could still make her laugh by playing peek-a-boo, so I knew it wasn't anything too serious. Must be teeth. I tried looking at her gums, which is a near impossibility with a 10-month old (they just don't get "please open your mouth and say 'ahhhh' for mommy") and saw some raised red/white bumps which seem to be teeth about to erupt. So it looks to me like she's got about four teeth wanting to poke through any day now - poor baby!
So it became my goal yesterday to make her happy, to make her mouth feel better. We tried frozen mango in her food net. After a quick bite on it she tossed it to the floor. I gave her a wooden spoon to chew...better. Eventually I decided on a dose of tylenol and that seemed to do the trick. The other thing she's loving right now is her Dr. Bloom's Chewable Jewelry necklace - she gnaws away on that thing in her stroller, in her exersaucer, when she takes a crawling break, and when I'm wearing it (its intended purpose - for the mom/day/caregiver to wear as a necklace so the baby has a safe/non-toxic chew toy while you're holding them). The chewable jewelry was designed by a dentist, is BPA, lead and latex free, and can go in the dishwasher. It's awesome for me too as now my other non-baby-safe necklaces are not always covered in baby slobber!
I love my Dr. Bloom's!
Here's hoping those teeth come in soon, and then I guess we just wait for the next round. From what I hear from friends with kids older than Addie, it seems that teething goes on FOREVER, so we have a lot more of this in our future. Joy!