Once again, I have a teething baby. Although, this time she’s a toddler, and these incisors are causing her lots of grief. It’s been a painful journey and this first incisor has been visible just below her gum for a month now. It’s formed a huge lump in her gum. Just yesterday after much screaming in Boots I realised it had popped through. Just. The very tip of bright white tooth is squeezing through, and I fear this tooth will be half the height of her others already. I can see the other bottom incisor is just starting to look a bit irritating. I can’t see the tooth under the gum yet, but hope, hope hope, this one will be quicker and less painful. They say the first is the worst don’t they? Actually, I’ve now seen her top tooth is also looking close too. For all I know, these might take months, so we’re probably in for a few months of toddler teething fun!
So, we’ve found a few coping methods for toddler teething which have differed slightly to baby teething. Here are my top 5 toddler teething tips:
1. Nelsons Teething granuals
I did recommend these for baby teething, and still recommend them for toddlers.
Yes we stuck away from this with all her previous teeth, the first teeth which teased us from before 3 months, until 10 and all fourmolars, we’ve bed the parents who’ve been paranoid about calpol and only giving it when it’s needed, not as a preventative. Or all the time I teething, we did find Nelsons Teething Granuals worked well, in fact with her molars H pretty much breathed a sigh of relief if she woke screaming and saw that little packet. But, this first incisor has been painful, she’s been miserable at times, and out of sorts, so we have given calpol when we can see she’s in pain. It’s helped. She’s slept nicely, which is a relief.
3. Ice Lollies
theee have been a savour. Even at friend’s play dates when H has got upset and grumpy, clinging on to me, if I say will we got home and get a nice lolly, she’s off. Picking up her shoes and sitting nicely in the car seat when reminded of her lolly at home. In the door, and it immediately does the trick. She does not forget, and she knows it helps. Even in October. So, yes, if you have a teething toddler, get a nice lolly mould and make some huge ice cubes! I only fill mine with water and H loves them.
in the past I rememebr trying to give harder foods to break the skin, but now, H will eat what she wants, so I give soft and hard foods to give her that variety and hopefully break the skin if it works. Carrot batons, cucumber sticks, anything chilled and potentially soothing.
5. Teething rings
We love this Nuby one, it’s served Toddler H well, through baby teething, molars and now these incisors. It it’s really well designed for all ages and has different textures to help the different teeth. It works. It helps. Toddler H found it in her toy box and hasn’t let go of it much these last few days.
These few few tips have helped us recently, hope they can help someone else too! I’ll add to this if any other tips come to mind as the next three incisors pop through, much less painfully, I hope.
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