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We are in the trenches with teething over here. For some reason before I had kids I thought teething was a phase but I now realize it’s just this huge stretch of time where they’re basically constantly getting at least one tooth.
It seems like every few weeks one breaks through (a new one broke through literally yesterday) and we get a week or two off and then BOOM, we’re back in the trenches with the next tooth all over again.
Last week Ben kept doing a thing where he woke up between 10:30-12 and refused to go back to sleep. I can always tell it’s teething related when he is sobbing with both hands in his mouth.
Pain just seems to throw everything out of wack and sleep is the first thing thats affected. Add in some low grade fevers and lots of drooling (And a runny nose? What’s that about?) and it’s been interesting over here.
I’ve read a lot about teething remedies and for us, we’ve always felt most comfortable using MOTRIN® and TYLENOL® as needed.
When we know his teeth are bothering him, we give him MOTRIN® before bed. It provides safe comfort and seems to provide relief for most of the night. During the day we opt for TYLENOL® as needed. As with any medication, use only as directed and talk to your child’s pediatrician for proper dosage.
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We’re lucky that if we’ve run out we live within walking distance to several Walgreens. You know how some places will just always have a nostalgia factor for you? Like the coffee shop that was by the hospital where Ben was born; I always order the same thing there because it takes me back to Ben’s newborn days.
I feel the same way about Walgreens. When Ben was in the NICU, N and I would shuffle (and I mean shuffle because you know, c-section) over to Walgreens to stock up on MOTRIN® and TYLENOL® for me to alternate (as instructed by my doctor), drinks, and snacks. And by snacks I mean gummy candy because I probably survived mostly on gummy candy and caffeine for those weeks.
I remember how tired and disheveled we must have looked. Getting a maximum of two hours of sleep at a time will do that to you. We visited Walgreens almost daily for two weeks and by the second week, the employees knew us and knew our story. I’ll never forget how kind they were to us and how comforting it was that N and I had some small semblance of a routine; after Ben’s 6pm feed, we’d go to Walgreens.
Now N and I frequent Walgreens to pick up MOTRIN® and TYLENOL® for Ben (along with some gummy candy, of course, for nostalgias sake).
I trust MOTRIN® and TYLENOL® because it’s exactly what I took post-C-Section and I know that it helped my pain so I feel confident that they can handle teeth.
Most importantly for us (especially when we’re trying to get a little sleep), Tylenol starts reducing pain/fevers in as little as 15-20 minutes. We buy both TYLENOL® and MOTRIN® because their products are dye-free. Walgreens is the only retailer to carry all flavors of the products Tylenol and Motrin products. So far Ben doesn’t have a flavor preference (he takes either with no issue) but there are plenty of options if he does someday. Again, use only as directed.
Through 12/15 with your Walgreens card, you can purchase Tylenol or Motrin, Children’s or Infant Pain & Fever Relief products for $6.99 (.5 oz, 4 oz. and 24 ct.) and $8.99 (1 oz. and 2. oz). I know we’ll be stocking up!
Overall, teething has been everything every other parent said it would be. I remember hearing parents complaining about teething and not thinking much of it but now I get it. It seems never ending. A tooth broke through yesterday but two more look like they’ll be making appearances soon.
The good news is that besides teething, this age has been so much fun. Ben is crawling everywhere, mimicking sounds, blowing raspberries, and laughing up a storm. I know so far I’ve said that every age is my favorite but you guys, this age really is. The just-barely a toddler age has been so fun and as long as we can keep managing teething pain, I think we’ll be a-okay.
Tell me, how did you handle teething for your little one? We’ve got many many teeth to go and I’ll take all the advice I can get!