Since John Patrick started solids almost a month ago, I’ve been so focused on his eating that it was his daycare teacher who first noticed that he had cut a tooth. To make a long story short, here are all the symptoms I thought were caused by “carrots” but were indeed symptoms of teething: (don’t ask me why I thought it was carrots)
- lots and lots and lots of pooping
- getting up multiple times in the night
- diaper rash
Reason #56 why daycare has been a positive for my family. They actually know what they are doing!
Thanks to all of your suggestions on “Looking for Toothbrush Help Walk of Shame,” Becca’s teeth are clean and shiny! After reading the responses to my post, I realized that I was allowing Becca to treat her toothbrush as a toy and it was time for me to change our routine a little.
I began by going out and buying two new toothbrushes– one for each bathroom. I then started a new routine. Instead of handing the toothbrush to her and allowing her to wander around the house with it (which isn’t the safest habit), Becca stands on a stool in front of the bathroom sink. We then brush our teeth together. This gives me an opportunity to model my great brushing technique 🙂 and it helps me to monitor how long she is brushing.
When I am done, I quickly run my toothbrush under running water and help Becca to do the same. At this point, I put both toothbrushes away (which sometimes requires me to peel Becca’s finger off of hers one by one). If Becca starts crying, I pick her up and divert her with a new activity (which works about 90% of the time so far). After doing this for about a week or so, Becca has begun to give me back her toothbrush when she sees that I am finishing up. Now I just need to work on her actually brushing her teeth rather than just chewing on her toothbrush!
So thanks everyone!
Below is a great graphic which illustrates when you might expect to see new teeth poking out of your beautiful baby’s gums. It also gives you an idea of when they will be losing them as well.
Remember that every baby is an individual so it is possible that s/he may not follow this schedule exactly. For some reason, no one ever bothered to give our children an instructional manual (or they choose to ignore it).
I saw this image on a message board. Here’s the url to get the image: http://health.yahoo.com/media/healthwise/nr551869.jpg