"For the last 2.5 weeks my son has been a complete and utternightmare! Eye teeth. Are they worse than other teeth? Worse than
all other teeth combined and then with an extra shot of ugly screaming
and misery? My darling cheerful 15 month old little boy has gone from
sleeping through on his own in his crib to wailing in the night until
we cave and bring him to bed with us. Half the time he still won't go
back to sleep. We're averaging 2 hours of awake time in the middle of
the night, in our bed or fighting to get him back to sleep in his crib
(which always fails in the end).
I don't know what I'm looking for – mostly I guess to hear that
other people have gone through the same thing with their kids and come
out the other side with their sanity in tow. Are eye teeth really that
miserable? Can they really take this long to come in? Or is it not
teeth at all, and instead he has learned the art of mid-night
manipulation? Are we destined to share our bed with him now until he's
in high school, or will this be easy to correct once the phase has
passed? Does anyone have any survival tips (besides cold wash cloths –
I don't think I can survive another cold wash cloth suggestion… akin
to fighting an inferno with a water gun…)"
Ah, yes. The "cold wash cloth" suggestion. Much like the Anbesol suggestion, or the Tylenol suggestion, or any other teething suggestion that just doesn't understand that for some kids teething is a full-body experience.
I found the molars far worse than the eyeteeth for both of my kids, but the eyeteeth were still pretty horrible. And no matter how strong his urge for manipulation is, no one would deliberately deprive oneself of that much sleep. So it's got to be the teething, or some other physical cause, but I'm going with the "when you hear hoofbeats think horses, not zebras" principle and going with your suspicion of teething.
You're in an extreme situation here (or X-treme, if you prefer), and therefore your plan should go back to By Any Means Necessary. Obviously the sleep deprivation is making it worse for everyone, so anything you can do to get you all some sleep is fair game. If he slept in his bed by himself before this happened, he'll go back to it when he's done, although it may take some coaxing. (And if he doesn't stop teething until he's in the middle of the 18-month sleep regression, you'll have to weather that first, probably.)
But those teeth will eventually come in. He will sleep again. And you will sleep again, too. I just can't guesstimate when. It's too bad there isn't some vitamin we could give them to make the teeth come out sooner, but this is just one of those situations in which you can witness and try to comfort, but you can't do it for them.
Does anyone else have tales of the eyeteeth? Or other difficult teething situations?