Q&A: eyeteeth support group?

Corinne writes:

"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?

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  1. Another recommendation for Motrin.The eye teeth were A. FREAKING. NIGHTMARE. They were even worse than the molars, which were pretty bad too. I used to keep the ADA primary tooth eruption chart posted on my desk just so I could get an idea of which pointy little bugger would be coming in next.I did a major happy dance the day I saw that last molar come through.

  2. Another recommendation for Motrin.The eye teeth were A. FREAKING. NIGHTMARE. They were even worse than the molars, which were pretty bad too. I used to keep the ADA primary tooth eruption chart posted on my desk just so I could get an idea of which pointy little bugger would be coming in next.I did a major happy dance the day I saw that last molar come through.

  3. The eye teeth are horrible and SLOW. My 18 month old DD worked on hers for a couple months, and when the last one popped through, she was like a different baby. It didn’t seem to affect her sleeping very much, but she was oh so cranky all day long. Motrin helped. She also liked when I rubbed her gums. This too shall pass!

  4. The eye teeth are horrible and SLOW. My 18 month old DD worked on hers for a couple months, and when the last one popped through, she was like a different baby. It didn’t seem to affect her sleeping very much, but she was oh so cranky all day long. Motrin helped. She also liked when I rubbed her gums. This too shall pass!

  5. Motrin, but also, you can put the anbesol in the ear canal. It won’t provide total relief, but it will help. I heard that suggestion years ago, but never had the opportunity to verify it (can’t just ask the kid if he feels better at that age) until I had an infected molar. I tried the topical in the ear, and it did help. Not fully, but it eased the pain and let the general pain medication take over. The nerves are all connected in that area.

  6. Motrin, but also, you can put the anbesol in the ear canal. It won’t provide total relief, but it will help. I heard that suggestion years ago, but never had the opportunity to verify it (can’t just ask the kid if he feels better at that age) until I had an infected molar. I tried the topical in the ear, and it did help. Not fully, but it eased the pain and let the general pain medication take over. The nerves are all connected in that area.

  7. Moxie, I am so glad that you suggested going back to the By Any Means Necessary routine. FOR SURE.Teething has been crazy for us. And YES, the canines seemed to make our little guy more out of his mind. Maybe because of where it fell in his development. But yes, the two year molars were the worst, in that the teething went on forever.
    i hope, Corinne, you will remember as this progresses that there WILL be an end and your son will RETURN.
    hang in there.

  8. Moxie, I am so glad that you suggested going back to the By Any Means Necessary routine. FOR SURE.Teething has been crazy for us. And YES, the canines seemed to make our little guy more out of his mind. Maybe because of where it fell in his development. But yes, the two year molars were the worst, in that the teething went on forever.
    i hope, Corinne, you will remember as this progresses that there WILL be an end and your son will RETURN.
    hang in there.

  9. Oh, those eyeteeth were murder. Motrin was the only thing that got us through it — some blessed person recommended it to me, telling me it lasts 8 or more hours while Tylenol only lasts 4.For the record, I’ll admit that I gave my son Motrin every night before bed for at least two months. And if his recent IQ test is to be believed, I didn’t kill too many brain cells by drugging him nightly!

  10. Oh, those eyeteeth were murder. Motrin was the only thing that got us through it — some blessed person recommended it to me, telling me it lasts 8 or more hours while Tylenol only lasts 4.For the record, I’ll admit that I gave my son Motrin every night before bed for at least two months. And if his recent IQ test is to be believed, I didn’t kill too many brain cells by drugging him nightly!

  11. Yes, eye teeth are awful. Before that, Tylenol or Motrin (not both at the same time as someone I know — not on this blog — suggested) would work, but for eye teeth, we were fresh out of luck. And we’ve only got one popped through so far.

  12. Yes, eye teeth are awful. Before that, Tylenol or Motrin (not both at the same time as someone I know — not on this blog — suggested) would work, but for eye teeth, we were fresh out of luck. And we’ve only got one popped through so far.

  13. My pediatrician recommends Motrin (or baby ibuprofen equivalent) for teething because anything topical gets drooled away nearly instantly.YES teething can take eons. My kids (my son in particular) took forever to pop teeth…like based on symptoms I was expecting his first tooth at around 4 months and he got it somewhere in the 8-9 month time period. He was not particularly miserable, but would just be AWAKE in the middle of the night. We were already cosleeping so the crib vs bed was not an issue, but I am an insomniac so the awake for “no reason” and having no solution to it was TORTURE.
    Courage. Molars are coming.

  14. My pediatrician recommends Motrin (or baby ibuprofen equivalent) for teething because anything topical gets drooled away nearly instantly.YES teething can take eons. My kids (my son in particular) took forever to pop teeth…like based on symptoms I was expecting his first tooth at around 4 months and he got it somewhere in the 8-9 month time period. He was not particularly miserable, but would just be AWAKE in the middle of the night. We were already cosleeping so the crib vs bed was not an issue, but I am an insomniac so the awake for “no reason” and having no solution to it was TORTURE.
    Courage. Molars are coming.

  15. Teething makes me want to cry right now. I had thought my daughter was the bad teething child until I met my son who makes her look like the best teether ever. That being said, molars were worse for her than eye teeth and we used a lot of Hyland’s teething tablets and nightly Motrin too.As for my son, all I have is sympathy for you and if we were neighbour’s I would work out some sort of night time trading routine so we each could get sleep. We are not even close to eye teeth at 10.5 months but I am afraid as he gets teeth in pairs, or threes immediately followed by a fourth. And working on more now I am sure, I suspect bottom ones. By any means necessary is my mantra, along with Motrin, Sophie the Giraffe, a vibrating teething ring and co sleeping. Cold clothes, whatever, he just throws them down and crawls away. Cold teething rings, the same. If he is super fussy during the day I give him a home made popsicle to chew on and it helps.
    At night when it is bad and we are up, I look out the window hoping to see a band of gypsies passing by that would love a cute little non sleeping, teething monster. Okay, I just count cars but thinking about the gypsies make me feel better:)

  16. Teething makes me want to cry right now. I had thought my daughter was the bad teething child until I met my son who makes her look like the best teether ever. That being said, molars were worse for her than eye teeth and we used a lot of Hyland’s teething tablets and nightly Motrin too.As for my son, all I have is sympathy for you and if we were neighbour’s I would work out some sort of night time trading routine so we each could get sleep. We are not even close to eye teeth at 10.5 months but I am afraid as he gets teeth in pairs, or threes immediately followed by a fourth. And working on more now I am sure, I suspect bottom ones. By any means necessary is my mantra, along with Motrin, Sophie the Giraffe, a vibrating teething ring and co sleeping. Cold clothes, whatever, he just throws them down and crawls away. Cold teething rings, the same. If he is super fussy during the day I give him a home made popsicle to chew on and it helps.
    At night when it is bad and we are up, I look out the window hoping to see a band of gypsies passing by that would love a cute little non sleeping, teething monster. Okay, I just count cars but thinking about the gypsies make me feel better:)

  17. Oh, I have so much sympathy for you. And for myself. It’s come to the point where I automatically put the F word in front of the words “molar, “eye” and “teeth”. My son is almost 18 months and has been getting 4 molars and 4 eye teeth all at the same time, at a hellishly slow pace. His mouth has been a hot mess of goo and inflammation since he was 13 months. We’ll get a reprieve of a week, where things seem to let up but then the teeth start moving up again and he turns into this magma-cheeked monster. We feel so bad for him because we can tell it’s painful but after 5 months in our worst moments, we’ve come close to considering having them pulled and getting him dentures :).We use Motrin- which does help his sleep, but we feel weird using it SO much because this has been such a drawn out process.
    Best survival tip is wine. For you, not him. I can’t tell you we’ve made in through but at least know that I am out there cursing teething along with you at 3 in the morning.
    (And Oh My God. The Effing Teething Poop. So gross.)

  18. Oh, I have so much sympathy for you. And for myself. It’s come to the point where I automatically put the F word in front of the words “molar, “eye” and “teeth”. My son is almost 18 months and has been getting 4 molars and 4 eye teeth all at the same time, at a hellishly slow pace. His mouth has been a hot mess of goo and inflammation since he was 13 months. We’ll get a reprieve of a week, where things seem to let up but then the teeth start moving up again and he turns into this magma-cheeked monster. We feel so bad for him because we can tell it’s painful but after 5 months in our worst moments, we’ve come close to considering having them pulled and getting him dentures :).We use Motrin- which does help his sleep, but we feel weird using it SO much because this has been such a drawn out process.
    Best survival tip is wine. For you, not him. I can’t tell you we’ve made in through but at least know that I am out there cursing teething along with you at 3 in the morning.
    (And Oh My God. The Effing Teething Poop. So gross.)

  19. We’re currently going through this stage. All the molars are in, and these eye teeth are just taking forEVER! My daughter was up several times a night and was very crabby throughout the day a few weeks ago – but still no sign of those teeth! For the record, she is possibly the slowest teether on the planet – it takes about 4 months of symptoms for any teeth to ever come in. She is back to sleeping thru the night, but only recently. And because we don’t have the teeth yet, I can expect we’ll go through more of it.I’m a sucker and give her a bottle when she wakes up (I know I know, not helping the issue at all, but it comforts her – so yes, we subscribe to the “ANY MEANS NECESSARY” rule of thumb). I also second the Motrin suggestion – works far better than Tylenol. And we also use Oral Gel. In fact, we use the “nighttime, extra-strong relief” Oral Gel. Again, I know we’re not supposed to use it – but dammit, it works…

  20. We’re currently going through this stage. All the molars are in, and these eye teeth are just taking forEVER! My daughter was up several times a night and was very crabby throughout the day a few weeks ago – but still no sign of those teeth! For the record, she is possibly the slowest teether on the planet – it takes about 4 months of symptoms for any teeth to ever come in. She is back to sleeping thru the night, but only recently. And because we don’t have the teeth yet, I can expect we’ll go through more of it.I’m a sucker and give her a bottle when she wakes up (I know I know, not helping the issue at all, but it comforts her – so yes, we subscribe to the “ANY MEANS NECESSARY” rule of thumb). I also second the Motrin suggestion – works far better than Tylenol. And we also use Oral Gel. In fact, we use the “nighttime, extra-strong relief” Oral Gel. Again, I know we’re not supposed to use it – but dammit, it works…

  21. tylenol or motrin or the combo that you use when they spike a fever…with your docs permission, of course.we use (among other things) toothbrushes, those ice in the mesh bag teethers, and also the organic cotton vegetables (can pick one up at the g*p) for teething.
    my sympathies…pnut was an early and often and miserable teether, bean has been teething for eons and only now is sprouting teeth, four uppers in the last few weeks, and he is worse than she ever was, which i nevr thought possible. dear god help us.
    remember this time a year ago i was praying that the bean would just stay inside of me another month/week/day longer so his lungs would get developed more? yeah. his lungs? based on the volume and length of screaming and yelling he is capable of? fine.
    nothing but sympathy for you and your teething woes.

  22. tylenol or motrin or the combo that you use when they spike a fever…with your docs permission, of course.we use (among other things) toothbrushes, those ice in the mesh bag teethers, and also the organic cotton vegetables (can pick one up at the g*p) for teething.
    my sympathies…pnut was an early and often and miserable teether, bean has been teething for eons and only now is sprouting teeth, four uppers in the last few weeks, and he is worse than she ever was, which i nevr thought possible. dear god help us.
    remember this time a year ago i was praying that the bean would just stay inside of me another month/week/day longer so his lungs would get developed more? yeah. his lungs? based on the volume and length of screaming and yelling he is capable of? fine.
    nothing but sympathy for you and your teething woes.

  23. Nth-ing the Motrin/ibuprofen suggestion; my sister, whose boys are 5 and 7, swears by it over Tylenol/acetaminophen, and says it works faster, better, and longer.J (20mo) isn’t a particularly bad teether, but he will actually ask for Motrin, by name, and walk into the bathroom with the medicine cabinet where it’s stored and point to it. Since he will actually refuse Motrin if we offer it and he doesn’t need it, we tend to take him seriously and just give him some when he asks. He never asks again after he’s gotten some, so we know he’s not just craving the sweetness.

  24. Nth-ing the Motrin/ibuprofen suggestion; my sister, whose boys are 5 and 7, swears by it over Tylenol/acetaminophen, and says it works faster, better, and longer.J (20mo) isn’t a particularly bad teether, but he will actually ask for Motrin, by name, and walk into the bathroom with the medicine cabinet where it’s stored and point to it. Since he will actually refuse Motrin if we offer it and he doesn’t need it, we tend to take him seriously and just give him some when he asks. He never asks again after he’s gotten some, so we know he’s not just craving the sweetness.

  25. Uh oh. My 12.5 month-old is currently getting her premolars and won’t eat, won’t sleep, won’t give me even a glimpse of the happy baby she used to be… and what you’re telling me is that when her eye teeth come in, IT CAN ACTUALLY GET WORSE?! *falls on floor and can’t get up*Ok, I need a major plan of defense. And obviously some Motrin. Is it Children’s Motrin? No one has specified.
    Sorry I can’t offer any advice, Corinne; only frazzled-nerved, sleep-deprived empathy and commiseration.

  26. Uh oh. My 12.5 month-old is currently getting her premolars and won’t eat, won’t sleep, won’t give me even a glimpse of the happy baby she used to be… and what you’re telling me is that when her eye teeth come in, IT CAN ACTUALLY GET WORSE?! *falls on floor and can’t get up*Ok, I need a major plan of defense. And obviously some Motrin. Is it Children’s Motrin? No one has specified.
    Sorry I can’t offer any advice, Corinne; only frazzled-nerved, sleep-deprived empathy and commiseration.

  27. My daughter actually got her bottom eyeteeth and two molars all at the same time, and I didn’t realize molars were coming in since I was so focused on the eyeteeth until, “woops, there’s a molar!” so maybe if you’re lucky this is actually a whole bunch of teeth at once and you’ll be done-ish soon. The all-teeth-at-once stage was really pretty horrid, but like the rest, it did pass. Good luck!

  28. My daughter actually got her bottom eyeteeth and two molars all at the same time, and I didn’t realize molars were coming in since I was so focused on the eyeteeth until, “woops, there’s a molar!” so maybe if you’re lucky this is actually a whole bunch of teeth at once and you’ll be done-ish soon. The all-teeth-at-once stage was really pretty horrid, but like the rest, it did pass. Good luck!

  29. Those eye teeth do suck the donkey hangy-down parts. You’d think that they’d cut through faster and easier, since they’re pointy, but no. They are hell. I second the recommendations for baby motrin for him and wine for you. I am going to try that anbesol in the ear thing on my second baby when we hit this stage though, that sounds interesting.

  30. Those eye teeth do suck the donkey hangy-down parts. You’d think that they’d cut through faster and easier, since they’re pointy, but no. They are hell. I second the recommendations for baby motrin for him and wine for you. I am going to try that anbesol in the ear thing on my second baby when we hit this stage though, that sounds interesting.

  31. Wait. One more thing. This is totally weird but I have been dying to ask you all and now seems to be the time. My son, for his second year molars, seems to be on some strange seven day cycle during which he’s fine for a few days, then Tuesday/Wednesday roll around and sure enough it’s teething terror. By Friday/Saturday it’s good again. During this molar crunch (so to speak) we have come to fear Wednesdays. And I am certain it’s the teeth and not some other strange cycle related to sleep/development/etc. Has anyone else noticed teeth moving in pushes like this?

  32. Wait. One more thing. This is totally weird but I have been dying to ask you all and now seems to be the time. My son, for his second year molars, seems to be on some strange seven day cycle during which he’s fine for a few days, then Tuesday/Wednesday roll around and sure enough it’s teething terror. By Friday/Saturday it’s good again. During this molar crunch (so to speak) we have come to fear Wednesdays. And I am certain it’s the teeth and not some other strange cycle related to sleep/development/etc. Has anyone else noticed teeth moving in pushes like this?

  33. I don’t remember the eye teeth as particularly bad… perhaps taking a bit longer. He started teething at 4 months and had all but his two year molars by 1 year! So pretty much we would get a day or two break between them.But those damn 2nd year molars! now those nasty little buggers are taking a YEAR to come in. They bother him for a week then give us a week break, then back on, and off. It seems crazy but his symptoms are all the same and now that he is 21 months he can actually point to his mouth and say where it hurts. He nods emphatically when I put my finger on the spot for his back molar and let him chew a bit.
    If any one has anything to ‘make them come in faster’ I would sign up!
    πŸ™‚
    wine and any means necessary seem like good stop gaps though.

  34. I don’t remember the eye teeth as particularly bad… perhaps taking a bit longer. He started teething at 4 months and had all but his two year molars by 1 year! So pretty much we would get a day or two break between them.But those damn 2nd year molars! now those nasty little buggers are taking a YEAR to come in. They bother him for a week then give us a week break, then back on, and off. It seems crazy but his symptoms are all the same and now that he is 21 months he can actually point to his mouth and say where it hurts. He nods emphatically when I put my finger on the spot for his back molar and let him chew a bit.
    If any one has anything to ‘make them come in faster’ I would sign up!
    πŸ™‚
    wine and any means necessary seem like good stop gaps though.

  35. This post came at just the right time because we’re going through the exact. same. thing. What’s particularly frustrating is all the books (Wonder Weeks, Granic’s) say he should be sleeping great now.I’d definitely suggest infant Motrin over Tylenol. Except for the night you forget to give it to him and he sleeps through the night.

  36. This post came at just the right time because we’re going through the exact. same. thing. What’s particularly frustrating is all the books (Wonder Weeks, Granic’s) say he should be sleeping great now.I’d definitely suggest infant Motrin over Tylenol. Except for the night you forget to give it to him and he sleeps through the night.

  37. Eyeteeth/canines were so bad for us that I have blocked it out. But I remember (can’t find it in my archives) blogging at the time something like “all four canines coming in at once AAARRRGHHH!!!!” So bad that I didn’t even notice when the molars came in, and a few weeks ago was brushing my daughter’s teeth and went, Huh, she has all her molars now? When did that happen?So yeah, no advice, just sympathy. And this too shall pass.

  38. Eyeteeth/canines were so bad for us that I have blocked it out. But I remember (can’t find it in my archives) blogging at the time something like “all four canines coming in at once AAARRRGHHH!!!!” So bad that I didn’t even notice when the molars came in, and a few weeks ago was brushing my daughter’s teeth and went, Huh, she has all her molars now? When did that happen?So yeah, no advice, just sympathy. And this too shall pass.

  39. Infant Motrin or Advil or Children’s. Either. Just make sure your dosage is correct based upon the child’s weight. If it’s liquid, you actually give more of the children’s because it is less concentrated. I give the tablets. 1 tablet is 100 mg so it works for our weight range.

  40. Infant Motrin or Advil or Children’s. Either. Just make sure your dosage is correct based upon the child’s weight. If it’s liquid, you actually give more of the children’s because it is less concentrated. I give the tablets. 1 tablet is 100 mg so it works for our weight range.

  41. Had good luck with Tylenol. I originally thought, oh, we shouldn’t give him drugs, blah blah blah, but at my mom’s urging we finally gave him some, and that stuff sure works! And, really, who am I to say that he shouldn’t get some relief?

  42. Had good luck with Tylenol. I originally thought, oh, we shouldn’t give him drugs, blah blah blah, but at my mom’s urging we finally gave him some, and that stuff sure works! And, really, who am I to say that he shouldn’t get some relief?

  43. All I can say is “Oh yes, THE WORST”, by a long shot. I remember clearly. Eye teeth and pre-molars. Brutal. Highly recommend Motrin. (per doctor: tylenol better for fever, motrin better for pain). good luck!

  44. All I can say is “Oh yes, THE WORST”, by a long shot. I remember clearly. Eye teeth and pre-molars. Brutal. Highly recommend Motrin. (per doctor: tylenol better for fever, motrin better for pain). good luck!

  45. ummmm…. (hides under table) …cold wash cloths work for us πŸ˜‰ but my daughter is only 8 months and cutting her upper front teeth, so it sounds like it isn’t as bad as eyeteeth.We also love Sophie the Giraffe (bought it after reading comments on a different teething post on this site)…worth every penny.

  46. ummmm…. (hides under table) …cold wash cloths work for us πŸ˜‰ but my daughter is only 8 months and cutting her upper front teeth, so it sounds like it isn’t as bad as eyeteeth.We also love Sophie the Giraffe (bought it after reading comments on a different teething post on this site)…worth every penny.

  47. Be careful with the Motrin as it can cause stomach bleeding with overuse/large doses.My son pushed all his teeth through by 26 months, starting at 4 months. It really, really sucked at the time, but I was thankful later that we just got it over with.
    And yes, the endless cold washcloth advice made me want to stuff one down the advisor’s throat. I had visions of yelling at them as they flailed, “How do you like it!? How’s it feel?!” But that was just the sleep deprivation…..

  48. Be careful with the Motrin as it can cause stomach bleeding with overuse/large doses.My son pushed all his teeth through by 26 months, starting at 4 months. It really, really sucked at the time, but I was thankful later that we just got it over with.
    And yes, the endless cold washcloth advice made me want to stuff one down the advisor’s throat. I had visions of yelling at them as they flailed, “How do you like it!? How’s it feel?!” But that was just the sleep deprivation…..

  49. Thank goodness for this post…my 20 month old is in the middle of getting all 4 canines/incisors(?) AND I’m guessing a slightly delayed 18 mos. sleep regression. Its great to get support for the By Any Means Necessary approach because SERIOUSLY. I work 40 hours outside the home and am functioning on 3-4 hours of sleep per night.Good to know there is light at the end of the tunnel…I just wish I could see it!

  50. Thank goodness for this post…my 20 month old is in the middle of getting all 4 canines/incisors(?) AND I’m guessing a slightly delayed 18 mos. sleep regression. Its great to get support for the By Any Means Necessary approach because SERIOUSLY. I work 40 hours outside the home and am functioning on 3-4 hours of sleep per night.Good to know there is light at the end of the tunnel…I just wish I could see it!

  51. My girl is 22 months and has been working on the eye teeth or about 5 months now. When I say working on, I mean jamming her index fingers in the gap and chomping HARD and leaving marks on her fingers. The two bottom ones are really close to breaking through. She tends to teethe in batches (4 or 5 teeth at once, complete with fevers, diaper rash, snot everywhere and cranky cranky cranky), so I’m expecting the 4 will all come through together.

  52. My girl is 22 months and has been working on the eye teeth or about 5 months now. When I say working on, I mean jamming her index fingers in the gap and chomping HARD and leaving marks on her fingers. The two bottom ones are really close to breaking through. She tends to teethe in batches (4 or 5 teeth at once, complete with fevers, diaper rash, snot everywhere and cranky cranky cranky), so I’m expecting the 4 will all come through together.

  53. We had the mess of teeth come in early and on top of each other, so I have no idea when the eye teeth came in or how bad it was. It was all bad. But the first-year molars were definitely the WORST! Thank goodness for Motrin and sleep by any means necessary. No cold clothes or cold toys or pacifiers or anything like that would work. Oh no, not for my girl.Now we are waiting on the 2-year molars. They are taking their time, but much like @sheSaid says. They seem to move a bit, then stop and give us a break, then move again, and who knows when they will actually break through. URG!
    @sasha – My girl’s teething did move in cycles, especially her molars. It wasn’t a weekly cycle, but more like sheSaid describes of moving a lot in one week, then getting a week or two off. Of course, each kid is different, but I think the cyclical movement is pretty normal.

  54. We had the mess of teeth come in early and on top of each other, so I have no idea when the eye teeth came in or how bad it was. It was all bad. But the first-year molars were definitely the WORST! Thank goodness for Motrin and sleep by any means necessary. No cold clothes or cold toys or pacifiers or anything like that would work. Oh no, not for my girl.Now we are waiting on the 2-year molars. They are taking their time, but much like @sheSaid says. They seem to move a bit, then stop and give us a break, then move again, and who knows when they will actually break through. URG!
    @sasha – My girl’s teething did move in cycles, especially her molars. It wasn’t a weekly cycle, but more like sheSaid describes of moving a lot in one week, then getting a week or two off. Of course, each kid is different, but I think the cyclical movement is pretty normal.

  55. Yep, my 20 month old son is working on his eye teeth as well. Ibuprofen. Patience. Wine (for you, not the baby).

  56. Yep, my 20 month old son is working on his eye teeth as well. Ibuprofen. Patience. Wine (for you, not the baby).

  57. DD didn’t get teeth at all until 8 months, then she got like 8 or 10 or 500 in about 6 months. I think there were 3 weeks in there where we weren’t teething. I had begun to think that this was her personality instead of teething, thankfully I was wrong. IT.WAS.HELL. Motrin, teething tablets and depending on the age, celery. Celery was something she could jam in her mouth and put pressure and cold on the spot that hurt, all by herself. Of course, you still have to supervise, but she mostly crushed it and had to work really hard to get a chunk of it off, so it worked. The washcloth thing just got really messy and she got tired of it really quickly. The wine/beer/shots of vodka suggestion is a really good one too.

  58. DD didn’t get teeth at all until 8 months, then she got like 8 or 10 or 500 in about 6 months. I think there were 3 weeks in there where we weren’t teething. I had begun to think that this was her personality instead of teething, thankfully I was wrong. IT.WAS.HELL. Motrin, teething tablets and depending on the age, celery. Celery was something she could jam in her mouth and put pressure and cold on the spot that hurt, all by herself. Of course, you still have to supervise, but she mostly crushed it and had to work really hard to get a chunk of it off, so it worked. The washcloth thing just got really messy and she got tired of it really quickly. The wine/beer/shots of vodka suggestion is a really good one too.

  59. Do you think I would have a legal defense to shoving a cold washcloth up a pediatrician’s ass? I’d be happy to give her some baby Motrin, too.Fitz-Hume: Clawing at mouth, frequently off her food, sleeping poorly, being a miserable little poop, drooling so much that she wakes up in soaking wet sheets, drenches her face and hair, drool rash on chin, drenches my shirt, etc, etc, etc.
    Pediatrician subbing for my wonderful Ped: “Oh, there aren’t any teeth that close to the surface.”
    Me: “Well, she did this for five months before popping her first tooth. What can we do for her?”
    Stupid Ped: “It’s not teething. It must be something else.”
    HAHAHA.
    Yes, you’re right. The drooling, the aversion to food, the irritability…MY GOD, YOU’RE A GENIUS! IT MUST BE RABIES! Quick, let’s cut her head off and send it to the lab for testing! Cut off mine, too! She bit me last week!
    Stupid twit.
    And…um…yeah, I got nothin’. Motrin. For the love of God, Motrin. Oh, and buy generic. The Equate versions of Motrin and Tylenol work fine and have way less dye, and WHY do kids’ meds have to be electric orange and bright pink? Why?
    Re canines: You mean it gets worse than molars? La la la la I can’t heeear yooooou.

  60. Do you think I would have a legal defense to shoving a cold washcloth up a pediatrician’s ass? I’d be happy to give her some baby Motrin, too.Fitz-Hume: Clawing at mouth, frequently off her food, sleeping poorly, being a miserable little poop, drooling so much that she wakes up in soaking wet sheets, drenches her face and hair, drool rash on chin, drenches my shirt, etc, etc, etc.
    Pediatrician subbing for my wonderful Ped: “Oh, there aren’t any teeth that close to the surface.”
    Me: “Well, she did this for five months before popping her first tooth. What can we do for her?”
    Stupid Ped: “It’s not teething. It must be something else.”
    HAHAHA.
    Yes, you’re right. The drooling, the aversion to food, the irritability…MY GOD, YOU’RE A GENIUS! IT MUST BE RABIES! Quick, let’s cut her head off and send it to the lab for testing! Cut off mine, too! She bit me last week!
    Stupid twit.
    And…um…yeah, I got nothin’. Motrin. For the love of God, Motrin. Oh, and buy generic. The Equate versions of Motrin and Tylenol work fine and have way less dye, and WHY do kids’ meds have to be electric orange and bright pink? Why?
    Re canines: You mean it gets worse than molars? La la la la I can’t heeear yooooou.

  61. Just chiming in to say yes, Mouse was a horrible teether, getting them in groups of 4 or 5 and not sleeping for weeks on end. First molars and eyeteeth were the worst, second molars actually quite a bit better. Same things helped some (advil, ice, any means necessary sleeping)–but I kept wishing I had embroidery skills. Somebody really needs to make a “This Tooth Shall Pass” sampler pillow and put it on Etsy where we all can order it.All I can say is hang in there–it’s a ridiculous design–and if you get seriously tempted to take matters into your own hands with a sterilized exacto, come here to be talked off the ledge!

  62. Just chiming in to say yes, Mouse was a horrible teether, getting them in groups of 4 or 5 and not sleeping for weeks on end. First molars and eyeteeth were the worst, second molars actually quite a bit better. Same things helped some (advil, ice, any means necessary sleeping)–but I kept wishing I had embroidery skills. Somebody really needs to make a “This Tooth Shall Pass” sampler pillow and put it on Etsy where we all can order it.All I can say is hang in there–it’s a ridiculous design–and if you get seriously tempted to take matters into your own hands with a sterilized exacto, come here to be talked off the ledge!

  63. So if the first teeth were late {two bottom at 8 months} does the whole schedule get thrown back or is it just going to be a relentless barage of teething crappiness?

  64. So if the first teeth were late {two bottom at 8 months} does the whole schedule get thrown back or is it just going to be a relentless barage of teething crappiness?

  65. @Cobblestone – There is no way to know until it happens. It could all be delayed or the balance could catch up all at once “on schedule”. If you can ask a relative of yours how your teeth came in and ask the baby’s father how his teeth came in, you’ll have a guess.

  66. @Erica: Oh how I hear you. Why oh why does teething timing seem to fall right in the Wonder Weeks ‘easy’ periods? I was so hoping for a break after WW 46 (or whatever is around that time…can’t remember numbers – hello! sleep deprived!) and hopefully the end of the 9 month sleep regression. But no. No sleep to be had. Enter teething nightmare. Grrrr. Argh. I want my happy baby / easy baby / relaxed baby time.DS has finally sprouted his top two centre teeth after weeks of them causing much pain. The drool fountain is still on tho’, so I suspect a few more top or bottom teeth are making their way through as well.
    You’re all scaring me with the eye teeth & molars. DS does not do well when the teeth are just about to push through the surface. I’m sure some of this will start just as we’ve gotten him used to daycare, and in time for the next WW ‘easy’ period. Hrmph.

  67. @Erica: Oh how I hear you. Why oh why does teething timing seem to fall right in the Wonder Weeks ‘easy’ periods? I was so hoping for a break after WW 46 (or whatever is around that time…can’t remember numbers – hello! sleep deprived!) and hopefully the end of the 9 month sleep regression. But no. No sleep to be had. Enter teething nightmare. Grrrr. Argh. I want my happy baby / easy baby / relaxed baby time.DS has finally sprouted his top two centre teeth after weeks of them causing much pain. The drool fountain is still on tho’, so I suspect a few more top or bottom teeth are making their way through as well.
    You’re all scaring me with the eye teeth & molars. DS does not do well when the teeth are just about to push through the surface. I’m sure some of this will start just as we’ve gotten him used to daycare, and in time for the next WW ‘easy’ period. Hrmph.

  68. @Charisse: Heh. ‘This tooth shall pass’. Nice. If I was actually getting more sleep, I’d consider making the pillow!

  69. @Charisse: Heh. ‘This tooth shall pass’. Nice. If I was actually getting more sleep, I’d consider making the pillow!

  70. Oh my. Why did I read all these comments, WHYYYYYYYYYY? I have a 10 month old. Who has exactly zero teeth so far. So I am officially scared…

  71. Oh my. Why did I read all these comments, WHYYYYYYYYYY? I have a 10 month old. Who has exactly zero teeth so far. So I am officially scared…

  72. My boys are so slow getting their teeth — 1st teeth at just under a year. My older one didn’t have his 2 yr molars completely erupted until 4! And he spiked fevers so suddenly cutting molars that he had 2 febrile seizures, one of which was when we were visiting Northern Ireland. I think I had PTSD for a long time after that.The younger one seems to be getting teeth late as well. He’s working on two molars and (I think) eye teeth at 22 months. The molars and eye teeth kill me. The chewing, the drooling, the whining.
    My five year old heard someone talking about 6 yr molars, and is now terrified that he’s going to start teething like his little brother. Is the third set of molars as bad as the first? Please god, no.

  73. My boys are so slow getting their teeth — 1st teeth at just under a year. My older one didn’t have his 2 yr molars completely erupted until 4! And he spiked fevers so suddenly cutting molars that he had 2 febrile seizures, one of which was when we were visiting Northern Ireland. I think I had PTSD for a long time after that.The younger one seems to be getting teeth late as well. He’s working on two molars and (I think) eye teeth at 22 months. The molars and eye teeth kill me. The chewing, the drooling, the whining.
    My five year old heard someone talking about 6 yr molars, and is now terrified that he’s going to start teething like his little brother. Is the third set of molars as bad as the first? Please god, no.

  74. @Becky – Not to worry! If your kid has NO teeth at all by the end of 18 mos, that might be worth checking out w/ a dentist, but please rest assured at 10 mos. It is still 100% normal not to have ANY teeth at all – or to have a whole bunch of teeth for that matter – or to fall somewhere in between. Give it 8 more months & see what happens, and even then, don’t worry. Teething rarely happens according to “schedule.”@hydrogeek: “Those eye teeth do suck the donkey hangy-down parts.” I just peed my pants laughing at that!

  75. @Becky – Not to worry! If your kid has NO teeth at all by the end of 18 mos, that might be worth checking out w/ a dentist, but please rest assured at 10 mos. It is still 100% normal not to have ANY teeth at all – or to have a whole bunch of teeth for that matter – or to fall somewhere in between. Give it 8 more months & see what happens, and even then, don’t worry. Teething rarely happens according to “schedule.”@hydrogeek: “Those eye teeth do suck the donkey hangy-down parts.” I just peed my pants laughing at that!

  76. I echo Motrin – overdosing? Eh. I am another that has been known to incorporate Motrin into our bedtime routine for weeks at a time. If it doesn’t seem to be working well, make sure you talk to your doctor or pharmacist about getting the correct dosage for weight. Our Infant Motrin dosage chart maxes out at 1.875 ml for under two-years but based on DS’s weight he should be getting about 2.2 ml in a dose. Figuring this out really helped when it seemed like the Motrin wasn’t the magical ingrediant it once was.

  77. I echo Motrin – overdosing? Eh. I am another that has been known to incorporate Motrin into our bedtime routine for weeks at a time. If it doesn’t seem to be working well, make sure you talk to your doctor or pharmacist about getting the correct dosage for weight. Our Infant Motrin dosage chart maxes out at 1.875 ml for under two-years but based on DS’s weight he should be getting about 2.2 ml in a dose. Figuring this out really helped when it seemed like the Motrin wasn’t the magical ingrediant it once was.

  78. @sasha, yes, tooth movement can come in cycles – a few days (or even just hours) on, and days or hours or a week off. I remember that even with my wisdom teeth.@cobblestone, I have one sibling whose kids were late teethers whose molars were late (normal schedule, late start), as well, and an acquaintance whose child started late and stacked them all up in a row. However, that one the kid also seemed to develop more coping skills for dealing with the oral pain (as did the mom, I suspect – she got to where she reached for the Motrin if he didn’t seem hungry during the day, because she knew it would be teething hell by nightfall…).
    I was told not ‘cold washcloth’ per se, but ‘RUB with a wet washcloth’ because it would help break down the fibrous structure between tooth and gum suface as it came up, making the process faster (not necessarily easier, just faster). I remember liking to bite on carrots (cold from the fridge) for the molars, but the eye teeth were not just itchy/bite-need, but TENDER plus the itchy/bite-need. Biting didn’t even feel good with those (though I remember rubbing the gum with my finger over and over until the gum would squeak, and that did seem to help – so maybe the rubbing with cloth would, too).
    Motrin, though. Useful stuff.

  79. @sasha, yes, tooth movement can come in cycles – a few days (or even just hours) on, and days or hours or a week off. I remember that even with my wisdom teeth.@cobblestone, I have one sibling whose kids were late teethers whose molars were late (normal schedule, late start), as well, and an acquaintance whose child started late and stacked them all up in a row. However, that one the kid also seemed to develop more coping skills for dealing with the oral pain (as did the mom, I suspect – she got to where she reached for the Motrin if he didn’t seem hungry during the day, because she knew it would be teething hell by nightfall…).
    I was told not ‘cold washcloth’ per se, but ‘RUB with a wet washcloth’ because it would help break down the fibrous structure between tooth and gum suface as it came up, making the process faster (not necessarily easier, just faster). I remember liking to bite on carrots (cold from the fridge) for the molars, but the eye teeth were not just itchy/bite-need, but TENDER plus the itchy/bite-need. Biting didn’t even feel good with those (though I remember rubbing the gum with my finger over and over until the gum would squeak, and that did seem to help – so maybe the rubbing with cloth would, too).
    Motrin, though. Useful stuff.

  80. @Clare, I’d actually like to know too–Mouse is now over 5 so I expect 6-year molars will be on their way at some point? What is that like for most kids?

  81. @Clare, I’d actually like to know too–Mouse is now over 5 so I expect 6-year molars will be on their way at some point? What is that like for most kids?

  82. @hedra – I LOVE it when you can give a first-person perspective on stuff like this! I really value that extra layer of understanding.And, hello?!? Motrin?!? I have a 2.5 and an 8 month and didn’t know how much better it was until the nurse on the 24-hour line at the ped.’s office told me on Sunday. Where have I been?? That stuff is MAGIC! Right now we are using it for an ear infection & fever that Tylenol couldn’t touch, but I will keep it on hand if teething becomes a problem.
    Data point: DD had 100% of her teeth by the time she was 16 months, including 2-yr molars. As far as I could tell, she didn’t have trouble pushing them through, since the first came up at 5 weeks and we got one every few weeks from then on. DS has only the bottom 2 (at 8 months) and is far droolier and uncomfortable about it than she ever was. My teeth followed her pattern and my husband’s were like DS’s.

  83. @hedra – I LOVE it when you can give a first-person perspective on stuff like this! I really value that extra layer of understanding.And, hello?!? Motrin?!? I have a 2.5 and an 8 month and didn’t know how much better it was until the nurse on the 24-hour line at the ped.’s office told me on Sunday. Where have I been?? That stuff is MAGIC! Right now we are using it for an ear infection & fever that Tylenol couldn’t touch, but I will keep it on hand if teething becomes a problem.
    Data point: DD had 100% of her teeth by the time she was 16 months, including 2-yr molars. As far as I could tell, she didn’t have trouble pushing them through, since the first came up at 5 weeks and we got one every few weeks from then on. DS has only the bottom 2 (at 8 months) and is far droolier and uncomfortable about it than she ever was. My teeth followed her pattern and my husband’s were like DS’s.

  84. @Becky and @cobblestone, my daughter had zero teeth until 11 months, then got her bottom two, then sprouted them in sets of four at a time. Now she’s 27 months and has a full set of 20, though I think she’s had that last batch for a while (like I said above, I didn’t even notive when the second molars came in because the canines were so bad).

  85. @Becky and @cobblestone, my daughter had zero teeth until 11 months, then got her bottom two, then sprouted them in sets of four at a time. Now she’s 27 months and has a full set of 20, though I think she’s had that last batch for a while (like I said above, I didn’t even notive when the second molars came in because the canines were so bad).

  86. I now have the ADA primary tooth eruption chart posted at my desk too. Thanks Jojo! Four eye teeth and four two year molars to go! Yippee! My son’s eye teeth are taking FOREVER to pop. I’m hoping this is the worst of it and the molars aren’t quite as bad. I seemed to have blocked out the one year molars…Anyone else’s child puke immediately after getting ibuprofen?
    According to the ADA chart, the first molars are shed between 9-11 yrs, and the second between 10-12 yrs. Funny but I don’t remember teething when I was 10ish….

  87. I now have the ADA primary tooth eruption chart posted at my desk too. Thanks Jojo! Four eye teeth and four two year molars to go! Yippee! My son’s eye teeth are taking FOREVER to pop. I’m hoping this is the worst of it and the molars aren’t quite as bad. I seemed to have blocked out the one year molars…Anyone else’s child puke immediately after getting ibuprofen?
    According to the ADA chart, the first molars are shed between 9-11 yrs, and the second between 10-12 yrs. Funny but I don’t remember teething when I was 10ish….

  88. I thought Motrin had to be taken on a full stomach. Has another else heard that? I’m a Tylenol user but might try Motrin after all these reviews. I hope my daughter likes the flavour. She loves the cherry Tylenol.I used the homeopathic remedy for my daughter and it seemed to help (Camilla I think). At 19 months we are nervously awaiting the second molars. First tooth came at 4 months. The molars were the worst.
    My daughter is a bottle drinker and sucking seems to help her a great deal.

  89. I thought Motrin had to be taken on a full stomach. Has another else heard that? I’m a Tylenol user but might try Motrin after all these reviews. I hope my daughter likes the flavour. She loves the cherry Tylenol.I used the homeopathic remedy for my daughter and it seemed to help (Camilla I think). At 19 months we are nervously awaiting the second molars. First tooth came at 4 months. The molars were the worst.
    My daughter is a bottle drinker and sucking seems to help her a great deal.

  90. My little one was an early teether (four by three months) and we sailed through the early ones. Just recently we suffered through the canines. They were certainly the worst thus far. Baby’s not a complainer, and neither does he sit still often, but one day we sat on the couch and watched an entire disney movie because it was the only thing that stopped the whining cry. We didn’t try ibuprofen, and now I’m kicking myself, but the movie seemed to help (it could also be that it’s the only time he’s actually sat down and watched tv, anyone else have data points on that?)

  91. My little one was an early teether (four by three months) and we sailed through the early ones. Just recently we suffered through the canines. They were certainly the worst thus far. Baby’s not a complainer, and neither does he sit still often, but one day we sat on the couch and watched an entire disney movie because it was the only thing that stopped the whining cry. We didn’t try ibuprofen, and now I’m kicking myself, but the movie seemed to help (it could also be that it’s the only time he’s actually sat down and watched tv, anyone else have data points on that?)

  92. I think we’ve experienced about 26 months of CONTINUOUS teething so far. (No, wait, I think there was a week or two respite around 23 months.)But those of you with younger ever-teethers, don’t despair. It does suck, and it does go on for years. But my daughter at least has gotten better at dealing with it at night. She now takes forever to fall asleep at first if she’s in the thick of teething (needs the whole hour of cuddle time that we thought we were over a year ago). But now when she wakes up at night, she needs little or no help from us to go back down.
    Yes, the clouds parted and the angels started to sing…
    As a side note:
    Do those of you with difficult teethers think maybe this is a quality linked with an overall higher level of sensitivity to life in general? My daughter seemed to be one of those kids who feels everything a little more intensely.

  93. I think we’ve experienced about 26 months of CONTINUOUS teething so far. (No, wait, I think there was a week or two respite around 23 months.)But those of you with younger ever-teethers, don’t despair. It does suck, and it does go on for years. But my daughter at least has gotten better at dealing with it at night. She now takes forever to fall asleep at first if she’s in the thick of teething (needs the whole hour of cuddle time that we thought we were over a year ago). But now when she wakes up at night, she needs little or no help from us to go back down.
    Yes, the clouds parted and the angels started to sing…
    As a side note:
    Do those of you with difficult teethers think maybe this is a quality linked with an overall higher level of sensitivity to life in general? My daughter seemed to be one of those kids who feels everything a little more intensely.

  94. @becky- Unlike my son, my daughter didn’t get her first tooth until she was 11 months and then got 12 within 5 months. I don’t know if she just had a higher pain tolerance but teething just wasn’t a big deal for her. There were times when we could tell it was bothering her but for the most part she handled it great- so hold on to hope :)!

  95. @becky- Unlike my son, my daughter didn’t get her first tooth until she was 11 months and then got 12 within 5 months. I don’t know if she just had a higher pain tolerance but teething just wasn’t a big deal for her. There were times when we could tell it was bothering her but for the most part she handled it great- so hold on to hope :)!

  96. Can I be the 100th poster to say Motrin before bed. Every six hours and make sure to ask your pediatrician what the max dosage is. I was way under dosing my son. I love that stuff.

  97. Can I be the 100th poster to say Motrin before bed. Every six hours and make sure to ask your pediatrician what the max dosage is. I was way under dosing my son. I love that stuff.

  98. Yes and yes regarding puking and full stomach. It is true that taking ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) can cause stomach bleeding and upset (vomiting) so the recommendation to lessen both of those is to take it on a full stomach (or at least with milk).This is fine for teething, but if you are trying to treat a fever involved with a vomiting illness, it’s pretty difficult (and hooray to non-prescription Fever-All acetaminophen suppositories).
    Ibuprofen is far better at keeping pain at bay, and I think it is better against fever as well (especially overnight as it lasts up to 8 hours). It’s a NSAID (non-steroidal, anti-infammatory drug) so it should be good against swollen tender (inflamed) gums. It’s also reportedly better at easing the pain of a broken bone than narcotics. And I think it’s a good floor wax and dessert topping too.

  99. Yes and yes regarding puking and full stomach. It is true that taking ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) can cause stomach bleeding and upset (vomiting) so the recommendation to lessen both of those is to take it on a full stomach (or at least with milk).This is fine for teething, but if you are trying to treat a fever involved with a vomiting illness, it’s pretty difficult (and hooray to non-prescription Fever-All acetaminophen suppositories).
    Ibuprofen is far better at keeping pain at bay, and I think it is better against fever as well (especially overnight as it lasts up to 8 hours). It’s a NSAID (non-steroidal, anti-infammatory drug) so it should be good against swollen tender (inflamed) gums. It’s also reportedly better at easing the pain of a broken bone than narcotics. And I think it’s a good floor wax and dessert topping too.

  100. @Samantha – I would give the Motrin (actually generic, non-dye, berry flavor) to my girl right before nursing/bottle at bedtime, so I figured that wasn’t on an empty stomach.@Anna – “My daughter seemed to be one of those kids who feels everything a little more intensely.” My daughter, too! And she was/is definitely a difficult teether! But that’s only an n of 2…
    @SarcastiCarrie – Yeah, but does take the trash out?

  101. @Samantha – I would give the Motrin (actually generic, non-dye, berry flavor) to my girl right before nursing/bottle at bedtime, so I figured that wasn’t on an empty stomach.@Anna – “My daughter seemed to be one of those kids who feels everything a little more intensely.” My daughter, too! And she was/is definitely a difficult teether! But that’s only an n of 2…
    @SarcastiCarrie – Yeah, but does take the trash out?

  102. My almost-15-mo. old is teething his eyeteeth (ALL of them) right now. It’s such a drag. He is so clingy and whiny and his sleep has turned to total crap. Not to mention he doesn’t want to eat much, either, because his mouth is bugging him. So I’m freaking out because he eats 3 specks of food per day, has crappy naps, and is sleeping in short bursts.We do give him Motrin at night b/c it lasts longer than Tylenol. We’ve abandoned stroller rides b/c all he does is call “mama” or “dada” until you’re right next to him holding his hand, which is a really weird contorted way to walk next to the stroller. So we walk with him around the block, or carry him since he’s super clingy. I wish I had useful advice, but I’m just trying to weather the storm. 2 of the 4 are in and the other 2 are nearly visible…we’re at 3 weeks and counting…

  103. My almost-15-mo. old is teething his eyeteeth (ALL of them) right now. It’s such a drag. He is so clingy and whiny and his sleep has turned to total crap. Not to mention he doesn’t want to eat much, either, because his mouth is bugging him. So I’m freaking out because he eats 3 specks of food per day, has crappy naps, and is sleeping in short bursts.We do give him Motrin at night b/c it lasts longer than Tylenol. We’ve abandoned stroller rides b/c all he does is call “mama” or “dada” until you’re right next to him holding his hand, which is a really weird contorted way to walk next to the stroller. So we walk with him around the block, or carry him since he’s super clingy. I wish I had useful advice, but I’m just trying to weather the storm. 2 of the 4 are in and the other 2 are nearly visible…we’re at 3 weeks and counting…

  104. Why do so many pediatricians say things like, “There is no real proof that teething has any effect on children”???!??!Seriously, how could so many of us mothers be wrong? My kid teethes like a mad woman. It’s so obvious. Her sheets are bloody when she wakes up, she’s crabby, she rubs her gums and says, “owie mouth, mommy”. You can’t tell me that’s not teething!
    To the poster– it will pass. But not soon enough! Hang in there. I am told that by high school they sleep all night and all morning too– every single night. I can’t wait!

  105. Eye teeth = 6 weeks in HELL!!!! When it was all over I was surprised by how pleasant my daughter was. Then I remembered that was the norm pre-eye teeth. The only thing that worked for us was when they all four were in.

  106. Well, to be fair, the other half of our WonderTwinBabyLab doesn’t give two shits about teething.While Fitz-Hume is wailing and whining and clutching her mouth (without a tooth in sight), Millbarge already crammed two molars through and is now working on her uppers. She has had maybe four doses of Motrin in the last month. She just doesn’t seem to care.
    So, apparently there ARE babies that aren’t bothered by huge giant awful boulders jamming themselves up through their gums, but this is massively overshadowed by the screaming of the “OMG, BOULDERS!” crowd.

  107. @akeeyu – That peditrician is an idiot, which you obviously already know. My daughter showed/shows all of her signs for teething with nary a bump in site. On and off. Until they finally break through. I don’t get how a peditrician wouldn’t realize that just because you don’t see the bumps doesn’t mean the boulders aren’t moving their way up through the gums. That apparently bothers some kids… who knew? EVERYONE WHO HAS KIDS WHO ARE BOTHERED BY IT!!

  108. @akeeyu, I remember teeth moving before they erupted. I can’t remember which of my kids it was, but one had NO reaction to eruption at all, only to the movement. So it was knaw and use the vibrating teether (that thing ROCKED, by the way, it overstimulates the nerves into shutting down on the signals). Anyway, they’d knaw like crazy (whoever it was), then it would ease up, and I’d be all ‘hmmm, wonder when that tooth is going to poke through for at least days and sometimes more than a week, and then one day I’d see it in there, like ‘hello!’ – I thought one of the teeth was a bit of something like curdled spitup… only a lot sharper, LOL!My kids all started teething around 3-4 months, and started popping them through around 5 months. So plenty of tooth-movement pain and droolage. The nerves in the jaw are affected by the movement as they come out of the jaw bone, where the nerves in the gum surface are bothered by the cutting through – and they have different degrees of reaction, IMHO.

  109. ice, ice, baby — about the only thing that helped Peanut (other than the beloved Motrin!) was chomping on crushed ice.

  110. My kidlet wasn’t too bad with the teething, but we also dosed him up quite regularly with ibuprofen and popsicles. The movement of the teeth up through the gums seemed to bother him the most. Once the tooth broke through the gum it didn’t seem to cause as much anguish. I second the suggestion for generic ibuprofen, and if your kidlet likes the flavor, the Children’s formulation is much more cost-effective. My husband didn’t get his 12 year molars until he was 18, so I have no idea when to expect those to arrive!

  111. Oh, lovely. The Infanta had no sooner cut the last of her upper incisors (which came through all together) than I started seeing evidence of lower canines. They don’t seem to be really actively moving just yet, but we reach for the teething tablets pretty much nightly now, on the assumption that part of her trouble settling down is teething. I see we should stock up on the Motrin. (we use dye-free name brand, as the generic stuff I’ve found is dyed and tastes horrid, so she hates it even more)Data points: the Infanta started showing signs of teething at 8 weeks, and didn’t cut any teeth until 8 months. I don’t mess around with tooth pain, so we went straight for the Motrin. Boy was I happy when I discovered that the homeopathic tablets work for her!!

  112. @ruby: “Why do so many pediatricians say things like, “There is no real proof that teething has any effect on children”???!??!”I don’t know, but it totally annoys me, too! Makes me want to call bullshit because I think a lot of it is talking out of their ass because they’re afraid of sounding unintelligent. But then I remember that they are not trained as dentists, and so taking their advice as “gospel truth” on matters regarding teeth is about as reliable as your plumber’s legal advice. What I appreciate most about our ped is her ability to say “I honestly have no idea, because that’s outside the scope of my training, but I do know that other parents have found X & Y to help.” I like caramama’s explanation though.

  113. I remember when I was getting my wisdom teeth at 20! I had such empathy for little ones. My gums were so swollen and tender and then the symptoms would change and they would begin to itch so much I wanted to rip them from my mouth! Nothing seemed to work to make it stop. This went on and on until I had them taken out.I vaguely remember being told to rub the child’s gums versus just having him suck on the wash cloth as well. This is a great time to empower a child by letting him choose what will work for him in this moment, as you can see the symptoms change during the process, what worked 20 minutes ago isn’t working now. I even let them have popsicles when they wanted them, a rare treat in our home, who cares as long as the whining stopped for a little while!
    Things have been like pulling teeth this month, pun intended, so I wanted to share a truly amazing review that we got. I just posted the address on Twitter, @sharonsilver13, come see!

  114. @akeeyu – You’ll appreciate a story about my aunt. She took her son to the doctor for his three-month checkup and mentioned that he seemed to have a tooth coming in already. He told her that that was ridiculous, “babies don’t get teeth this early.” So a couple of weeks later she called him and said, “Doctor, something’s wrong with my baby! He’s got some kind of tumor on his gum!” Doctor looks, says, “Oh, don’t be silly, that’s just a tooth coming in.” She tells him, “But it can’t be – you said they don’t get teeth this early!”

  115. Motrin! Also Bach’s Rescue Remedy–rubbing it on his gum seemed to help, although now he has enough teeth that I don’t quite dare to stick a finger in the gaping maw. But one or two drops on his tongue seems to calm him down. It seems to help with the full-body distress teething sometimes brings out in the little buddy. That’s all I got.

  116. @Anna:Do those of you with difficult teethers think maybe this is a quality linked with an overall higher level of sensitivity to life in general? My daughter seemed to be one of those kids who feels everything a little more intensely.
    YES! Absolutely.

  117. I am coming very late to this discussion and haven’t had time to read it all… so I apologize if I am repeating or contradicting another post.My take fwiw is your child may have an ear infection. Some teeth are definitely worse than others… but night waking, pain, and discomfort are also classic ear infection symptoms. If you are able to swing going in to the ped for a quick check… if it were me I would cross that off the list just to be sure, especially because most are so easily treatable. I agree that the sounds of hoofs = think horse… but many teething symptoms are identical to ear infection symptoms.
    And btw, I had tremendous luck with camomile tablets to calm all kinds of crying. You can get at Whole Foods, they are tiny, and nearly instantly dissolve on a baby’s tongue. My doula gave some to me for my first born, and in his case it was like magic. (I’ve had better luck with the tablets than the liquid, which I’ve also tried.)
    Good luck!!!

  118. Again, we are one with the Moxie zeitgeist. Tinkerbell, ten days shy of 18 months, has been working on 8 (now 7) teeth, including all four canines, for three months straight. She has incredibly slow-moving teeth. Combine the obvious teething pain with the misery of the 18-month sleep regression, and we’re just flailing. Literally. Love to read all the suggestions. And duh, that’s what the blood on her sheets is. (I could have had a V8…and dribbled it in the crib!)The only upside is that Tink has also exploded her language skills, and today–after a week of adding ten new words a day, after a month of two or three new words a day–today, she repeated every blessed word I read to her or said with any special emphasis or asked her to repeat. The gears, they are churning. Maybe soon she’ll be able to explain her tooth pain to me. In excruciating detail.

  119. I’d like to hear more about the co-sleeping part of the question. If you recall, I wrote a note before we left for vacation about how to co-sleep on vacation. It went fine (we had never co-slept before). Maybe too fine…we have been home for 2 weeks and I am still going in and getting him the first time he cries out. We then sleep together in the guest room.So how do you stop?? We are going to try tonight – I will just shh/pat a little bit when he wakes. This issue totally tears my heart out…I am fine with co-sleeping, but I feel like I am doing the “wrong thing”. That – and like the original poster said – will we end up co-sleeping forever if I keep on? Anyway – I don’t want to change the topic. Just want to hear more about how to co-sleep when there are rough times (teeth, etc.) and how to go back to the crib once things calm down. I don’t understand how folks do both…..
    Thanks. And good luck with the teeth. Boy (aged 21 months) is still getting first molars so not looking forward to eye teeth.

  120. I’d like to hear more about the co-sleeping part of the question. If you recall, I wrote a note before we left for vacation about how to co-sleep on vacation. It went fine (we had never co-slept before). Maybe too fine…we have been home for 2 weeks and I am still going in and getting him the first time he cries out. We then sleep together in the guest room.So how do you stop?? We are going to try tonight – I will just shh/pat a little bit when he wakes. This issue totally tears my heart out…I am fine with co-sleeping, but I feel like I am doing the “wrong thing”. That – and like the original poster said – will we end up co-sleeping forever if I keep on? Anyway – I don’t want to change the topic. Just want to hear more about how to co-sleep when there are rough times (teeth, etc.) and how to go back to the crib once things calm down. I don’t understand how folks do both…..
    Thanks. And good luck with the teeth. Boy (aged 21 months) is still getting first molars so not looking forward to eye teeth.

  121. Canines would be the damn topic that encourages me to make my first comment – at nineteen months, I think all four of them are working their way out in earnest.My little guy seems to ignore the discomfort until he’s tired, and then it really, really hurts. Previously this meant pain near bedtime, but this time it means at naptime and starting near dinnertime. His appetite is shot and his 10pm wake-up usually leads to co-sleeping so he doesn’t add overtired to the mix. This is definitely worse than the first-year molars.
    My husband and I big fans of the whatever gets you through plan.
    For the food, we’re making a LOT of smoothies and sneaking veggies into them when possible, and offering lots of cold things of various textures during the day. Dumped Tylenol in favor of All Motrin, All The Time for nights. He fights getting the liquid, so I’ve been giving it to him during his nurse-down.
    We make sure there’s lots of water available because of all the drool, and I nurse on demand during the day. That part is a little hard, because part of me really wants to wean, but the nursing comforts my boy.
    Part of what’s getting me through this is knowing that once those goddamn teeth cut through, everything will go back to normal. Ice cream and wine make up the other parts.

  122. Canines would be the damn topic that encourages me to make my first comment – at nineteen months, I think all four of them are working their way out in earnest.My little guy seems to ignore the discomfort until he’s tired, and then it really, really hurts. Previously this meant pain near bedtime, but this time it means at naptime and starting near dinnertime. His appetite is shot and his 10pm wake-up usually leads to co-sleeping so he doesn’t add overtired to the mix. This is definitely worse than the first-year molars.
    My husband and I big fans of the whatever gets you through plan.
    For the food, we’re making a LOT of smoothies and sneaking veggies into them when possible, and offering lots of cold things of various textures during the day. Dumped Tylenol in favor of All Motrin, All The Time for nights. He fights getting the liquid, so I’ve been giving it to him during his nurse-down.
    We make sure there’s lots of water available because of all the drool, and I nurse on demand during the day. That part is a little hard, because part of me really wants to wean, but the nursing comforts my boy.
    Part of what’s getting me through this is knowing that once those goddamn teeth cut through, everything will go back to normal. Ice cream and wine make up the other parts.

  123. RE: the chamomile tablets, if I recall correctly they use lactose as a base (highlands does). Lactose has been shown to clinically reduce pain (measured by salivary cortisol levels) in infants. So whether the chamomile has a further impact or not, the lactose base can have a genuine impact on pain management. Same reason nursing soemtimes works (sucking also reduces pain, so nursing has a two-fer, though for oral pain maybe not so much!).

  124. RE: the chamomile tablets, if I recall correctly they use lactose as a base (highlands does). Lactose has been shown to clinically reduce pain (measured by salivary cortisol levels) in infants. So whether the chamomile has a further impact or not, the lactose base can have a genuine impact on pain management. Same reason nursing soemtimes works (sucking also reduces pain, so nursing has a two-fer, though for oral pain maybe not so much!).

  125. @hope – I probably don’t have the answer you are looking for, since my husband and I have no problem cosleeping. But I wanted to address when you said, “…but I feel like I am doing the “wrong thing”. That – and like the original poster said – will we end up co-sleeping forever if I keep on?” I know there are different ways to get them back into their own bed, but we haven’t bothered to try it. Mainly because my husband and I don’t buy into the “wrong thing” or “we will end up cosleeping forever” theories of cosleeping. For us, it gets us through difficult nights, providing the most sleep for the most amount of people. And we actually do have many nights (these days) where the Pumpkin sleeps through the night in her own bed without us. I truly believe that she will make the transition completely when she is ready, and then she’ll be back to cosleeping, and then back to her own bed, etc. I don’t think it’s “wrong” especially because so many other cultures view it as the norm.Oh, but one thing I think has helped is that she is in her own twin bed, so when we do cosleep in there, we can get up and leave her in her own bed. That didn’t work with the crib! πŸ˜‰

  126. @hope – I probably don’t have the answer you are looking for, since my husband and I have no problem cosleeping. But I wanted to address when you said, “…but I feel like I am doing the “wrong thing”. That – and like the original poster said – will we end up co-sleeping forever if I keep on?” I know there are different ways to get them back into their own bed, but we haven’t bothered to try it. Mainly because my husband and I don’t buy into the “wrong thing” or “we will end up cosleeping forever” theories of cosleeping. For us, it gets us through difficult nights, providing the most sleep for the most amount of people. And we actually do have many nights (these days) where the Pumpkin sleeps through the night in her own bed without us. I truly believe that she will make the transition completely when she is ready, and then she’ll be back to cosleeping, and then back to her own bed, etc. I don’t think it’s “wrong” especially because so many other cultures view it as the norm.Oh, but one thing I think has helped is that she is in her own twin bed, so when we do cosleep in there, we can get up and leave her in her own bed. That didn’t work with the crib! πŸ˜‰

  127. @hope – I agree with what Caramama said about not buying into the “wrong thing” or “we will end up co-sleeping forever” theories of co-sleeping. Co-sleeping is just as legitimate a choice as any of the various other sleep strategies/arrangements out there, with plusses and minuses just like all the rest. It might feel like the “wrong thing” to some because it gets a lot of undeserved bad press, especially from the older generations, who feel that fostering independence in kids comes only from demanding it of them at an early age. My own personal belief (if you care) is that it is impossible to spoil with love & physical affection. Young children need to be dependent for a time in order to develop the confidence & secure base from which to branch out into the world. You can still get there if you don’t co-sleep, obviously, it’s all about everyone in the home getting the sleep they need By Any Means Necessary, and I’m not “One True Way”-ist about anything, trust me! I share this only to better express my deep disagreement with the idea that forcing independent behavior on young kids somehow makes them independent, and/or that how & where they sleep at a young age somehow equals a life sentence.Anyway, exclusive co-sleeping happens to work extremely well for my family (we have a 19 mo old & expect baby #2 in 4 mos). It won’t work for everyone, and that’s cool. It worked for the family in which I was raised. All of us were good candidates for it: not people of size, not sleep-disordered, not on any medications that make us sleep too deeply, etc. To your question, I co-slept with my parents from birth until age 6, when I asked for & received a big girl bed and my own room. During times of stress (like thunderstorms, or being teased at school), whenever I got scared at night and needed some cuddling, I was always welcomed back into my parents’ bed anytime, with an “open door policy.” Now as an adult, I’m about as stereotypically independent as you get, and I “launched” right on schedule into the real world at the expected age and time. That’s my long-winded way of saying, if you are “fine” with it then try it, as it does not have to be long-term, and try to put aside others’ judgments about it screwing up your kid for life. πŸ˜‰

  128. @hope – I agree with what Caramama said about not buying into the “wrong thing” or “we will end up co-sleeping forever” theories of co-sleeping. Co-sleeping is just as legitimate a choice as any of the various other sleep strategies/arrangements out there, with plusses and minuses just like all the rest. It might feel like the “wrong thing” to some because it gets a lot of undeserved bad press, especially from the older generations, who feel that fostering independence in kids comes only from demanding it of them at an early age. My own personal belief (if you care) is that it is impossible to spoil with love & physical affection. Young children need to be dependent for a time in order to develop the confidence & secure base from which to branch out into the world. You can still get there if you don’t co-sleep, obviously, it’s all about everyone in the home getting the sleep they need By Any Means Necessary, and I’m not “One True Way”-ist about anything, trust me! I share this only to better express my deep disagreement with the idea that forcing independent behavior on young kids somehow makes them independent, and/or that how & where they sleep at a young age somehow equals a life sentence.Anyway, exclusive co-sleeping happens to work extremely well for my family (we have a 19 mo old & expect baby #2 in 4 mos). It won’t work for everyone, and that’s cool. It worked for the family in which I was raised. All of us were good candidates for it: not people of size, not sleep-disordered, not on any medications that make us sleep too deeply, etc. To your question, I co-slept with my parents from birth until age 6, when I asked for & received a big girl bed and my own room. During times of stress (like thunderstorms, or being teased at school), whenever I got scared at night and needed some cuddling, I was always welcomed back into my parents’ bed anytime, with an “open door policy.” Now as an adult, I’m about as stereotypically independent as you get, and I “launched” right on schedule into the real world at the expected age and time. That’s my long-winded way of saying, if you are “fine” with it then try it, as it does not have to be long-term, and try to put aside others’ judgments about it screwing up your kid for life. πŸ˜‰

  129. @hush and caramama – thank you so so much for your comments. I don’t know why I am struggling so much with this. Maybe because I spent the last 20 months trying to keep the boy in his crib only to discover on vacation that co-sleeping works really well for us. It makes me rethink what we have done….but also makes me wonder if I should just put in the work and get him to sleep in his crib again. Sigh. Anyway….I won’t ramble on too much. This is just a confusing issue for me. Thanks again for your help.

  130. @hush and caramama – thank you so so much for your comments. I don’t know why I am struggling so much with this. Maybe because I spent the last 20 months trying to keep the boy in his crib only to discover on vacation that co-sleeping works really well for us. It makes me rethink what we have done….but also makes me wonder if I should just put in the work and get him to sleep in his crib again. Sigh. Anyway….I won’t ramble on too much. This is just a confusing issue for me. Thanks again for your help.

  131. @hope, actually, you’ve hit a really peak zone for cosleeping (leading edge of it) – the most cosleeping occurs between 2 and 5 years of age, worldwide. Even cultures that don’t cosleep with infants tend to cosleep at this age. So the whole last 20 months thing was perhaps relevant to the last 20 months, and the current state is just a new stage. My advice: Separate the two in your mind, so you don’t end up in a knot! :)If you want to go for happy-medium, doing the cosleeping in the child’s room allows for the rise-and-fall pattern of ‘I sleep by myself’/’you sleep with me’ that will continue to ebb and flow until around 5+ years old (6-7 for more emotionally sensitive kids). If that feels comfortable, then it likely is the right option for this stage. It IS harder to change your response to their needs between 2 and 5 or so, but it isn’t impossible or permanent.
    Good luck finding out what of the sixty-gazillion variations of normal sleep structure will be the one that works for your family. πŸ™‚

  132. @hope, actually, you’ve hit a really peak zone for cosleeping (leading edge of it) – the most cosleeping occurs between 2 and 5 years of age, worldwide. Even cultures that don’t cosleep with infants tend to cosleep at this age. So the whole last 20 months thing was perhaps relevant to the last 20 months, and the current state is just a new stage. My advice: Separate the two in your mind, so you don’t end up in a knot! :)If you want to go for happy-medium, doing the cosleeping in the child’s room allows for the rise-and-fall pattern of ‘I sleep by myself’/’you sleep with me’ that will continue to ebb and flow until around 5+ years old (6-7 for more emotionally sensitive kids). If that feels comfortable, then it likely is the right option for this stage. It IS harder to change your response to their needs between 2 and 5 or so, but it isn’t impossible or permanent.
    Good luck finding out what of the sixty-gazillion variations of normal sleep structure will be the one that works for your family. πŸ™‚

  133. I may have missed it, but has anyone mentioned frozen peas? They are *fantastic* for teething. At least in my house, where DS has been teething about 90% of the time since he was 6 weeks old.FWIW, at different stages with the same baby, Tylenol has worked better (before about 1 year) and Motrin has worked better (more recently). I like to alternate them, so that when baby wakes up before the 4 or 6 hours has elapsed, we can still give him medicine without ODing.
    I was really peeved to find out that we could have been giving him children’s rather than infant’s motrin, since the concentration is the same, IIRC, but the price is substantially different. I imagine you could do the same with children’s tylenol, but just adjust the dosage. We spent a lot of money on infant motrin and tylenol. . .

  134. I may have missed it, but has anyone mentioned frozen peas? They are *fantastic* for teething. At least in my house, where DS has been teething about 90% of the time since he was 6 weeks old.FWIW, at different stages with the same baby, Tylenol has worked better (before about 1 year) and Motrin has worked better (more recently). I like to alternate them, so that when baby wakes up before the 4 or 6 hours has elapsed, we can still give him medicine without ODing.
    I was really peeved to find out that we could have been giving him children’s rather than infant’s motrin, since the concentration is the same, IIRC, but the price is substantially different. I imagine you could do the same with children’s tylenol, but just adjust the dosage. We spent a lot of money on infant motrin and tylenol. . .

  135. Has anyone seen coughing as a symptom of teething? My little guy has had a cough for weeks and the ped keeps saying teething is the cause. These are his 1st molars coming in. And seriously, after reading all the comments I am officially terrified of the eyeteeth on my horizon.

  136. Has anyone seen coughing as a symptom of teething? My little guy has had a cough for weeks and the ped keeps saying teething is the cause. These are his 1st molars coming in. And seriously, after reading all the comments I am officially terrified of the eyeteeth on my horizon.

  137. @hedra – thanks Hedra. I am still in a spin about this but will hopefully find some peace in my head soon. I appreciate your note.@Jessica – boy TOTALLY had cough and runny nose with his first molars (just last month). We went to the doc to make sure things did not spread to his ears as we were about to fly to the US for a long vacation. Anyway – we ended up giving homeopathic cough medicine for this cough and nose spray for the runny nose. Everything cleared up after a week or so – but it was rough going for a bit. I would keep an eye on it and go to the doc if it gets worse.

  138. @hedra – thanks Hedra. I am still in a spin about this but will hopefully find some peace in my head soon. I appreciate your note.@Jessica – boy TOTALLY had cough and runny nose with his first molars (just last month). We went to the doc to make sure things did not spread to his ears as we were about to fly to the US for a long vacation. Anyway – we ended up giving homeopathic cough medicine for this cough and nose spray for the runny nose. Everything cleared up after a week or so – but it was rough going for a bit. I would keep an eye on it and go to the doc if it gets worse.

  139. My daughter is 2 weeks away from being 4 months and she has been teething for about 3 weeks now! and its her eye teeth of course! Ive tried everything but only one thing seems to work and its those hylands teething tablets they last about 6 hours you just stick them under your babys tounge and they dissolve instantly and they are all natural nothing but herbs!

  140. My daughter is 2 weeks away from being 4 months and she has been teething for about 3 weeks now! and its her eye teeth of course! Ive tried everything but only one thing seems to work and its those hylands teething tablets they last about 6 hours you just stick them under your babys tounge and they dissolve instantly and they are all natural nothing but herbs!

  141. I’m so glad my daughter isn’t the only one who is having a nightmare with the eye teeth!! She’s never been a good sleeper but was doing comparatively well until those little buggers started showing themselves against her gum. Only ONE has popped through at the very top and it’s taken weeks to get that far….so I’m gearing myself up for a few more months of it… πŸ™ Then there are the second molars next, joy of joys!!!) Maybe by the time she’s 3 or 4 she’ll be back in her own bed….fingers crossed!! Good to know there are others going through the same though, at 3am you start to feel like you’re the only one! x

  142. I’m so glad my daughter isn’t the only one who is having a nightmare with the eye teeth!! She’s never been a good sleeper but was doing comparatively well until those little buggers started showing themselves against her gum. Only ONE has popped through at the very top and it’s taken weeks to get that far….so I’m gearing myself up for a few more months of it… πŸ™ Then there are the second molars next, joy of joys!!!) Maybe by the time she’s 3 or 4 she’ll be back in her own bed….fingers crossed!! Good to know there are others going through the same though, at 3am you start to feel like you’re the only one! x

  143. Our little guy is 19 months old and currently getting his eye teeth……it is definately hell! We give him motrin/tylenol and highlands teething tablets. We bring him in our bed as well……any means necessary to get some sleep! We also let him chew on frozen peas, frozen edamame……it seems to provide some quick relief. Also, frozen grapes and frozen bananas! So glad I found this site….its good to know other people are going through the same situation! Good luck!

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