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A little Remedy here, A little Remedy there…. November 29, 2007

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Well, I scoured the internet on teething remedies and came up with some obvious and some I had never heard of before. I don’t know if I am brave enough to try them, although, they are all-natural remedies( maybe I’ll try a itsy-bitsy dab of the vanilla extract), but I will share them. I did find one that had something to do with belladonna. That didn’t seem right to me and maybe it is, but I was watching CSI or one of those shows and that was the ingredient involved in a crime scene investigation, so that one I didn’t even post.

1. Calm down, if you are stressed and ridden with anxiety your baby will be too. (no really?)

Parenttime.com suggests all natural remedies, such as

2. Pure vanilla Extract. Rub the gums with a dab of pure vanilla extract. The alcohol will create a warm sensation that is temporarily comforting. Vanilla is known as a soothing agent.

3. Clove Oil. Clove oil contains oils that are warming and numbing properties. But watch out they said, too much can upset a babies stomach.

These don’t seem so bad. My mom swears my grandma used the clove oil on their gums when she was a baby. (I have never used these ingredients, nor am I promoting the use of them, but I would call a doctor before using any of them)

I can’t believe I found this one. It was by babytipsonline.com

4. Chicken Bone. Yes, a chicken bone, like you might give your dog. They even cautioned, watch for slivers. I don’t think that is a good idea.

5. I am going to share one I got from my doctors. It wasn’t for teething, it was for colic. But I think it could calm the baby down. My son had a bit of colic for the first couple months of his life and what really helped, suggested by one of doctor’s at my office (not my regular doctor) was Chamomile Tea. He suggested to brew the tea and give him 4 oz (2 oz tea and 2 oz water) once or twice a day. We did this just once a day, during his colicky period and it helped. So I am thinking that at night when Sophia is all worked up from the teething pain, this might help to calm her a bit.

I know teething doesn’t last forever and is over faster than you can really think about remembering it, not that we would want to. But when you are in the trenches, you are in the trenches, all I can ever do is stay calm (and scream on the inside), but stay calm because when you think about it, if all we really have to deal with is teething pain, it ain’t so bad!


What sleep? (ode to teething part II)…..

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You tricked us Teething

disappearing, and letting us get some sleep

But now you’re back and with a vengeance.

We say to you as we weep ….

Oh sleep, Oh sleep,

Please come to me,

my little angel has been teething

and waking at 1,2 and 3.

I wish she would sleep

and silence this house.

her moaning and groaning

is keeping us all up and about

we tried Tylenol and Orajel

(and by the look on her face,

I am sure she

thinks it tastes like hell)

Nothing works for more than an hour or so

please teeth come through

and give our baby some rest

and us get some sleep

so are days will be happier

and our nights without a peep.

If anyone out there has some good teething remedies,

don’t hesitate to chime in,

you’ll help us tremendously

and put on my face

a big grin.


Ode to teething November 17, 2007

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Teething rings are not a thing.

I’d rather have a box

or my mommy’s engagement ring.

George’s cars and trucks will do,

I even love the laces on my daddies shoe.

Drool and spit will tell you where I’ve been

a wet path marks the spot and claims my toys with a big grin.

If it’s on the floor, Watch out!

it’s mine,

a leaf, old cheerios, and cat hair are divine.

I scream, I shout,

just give me something to please this bout.

I need to chew, I need to gnaw,

your finger will do or the cat’s paw.

Don’t worry mommy

it’ll will be over soon

then I’ll be chewing on crayons, sand and

that big red balloon.

(dedicated to out beautiful daughter Sophia, who has 5 teeth and many more on the way)


Teething October 24, 2007

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I forgot about the horrors of teething. Mostly because when it begins you think it lasts forever, but all of a sudden they can walk and they pay less attention to the teething, and so do you. My baby girl Sophia is in the teething trenches. She is sleepless, cranky and leaves a river of drool everywhere. For fun I searched the internet for some different and innovative ideas to sooth the teething pain. I didn’t find too many different ideas but I did come across, Teething Bling,made by Smart Mom Jewelry. Teething Bling consists of pendants, key chains, rings and bracelets, made from the same material as many teething toys. I know that my daughter won’t chew on a teething toy but she will chew on my necklace or key chain, so this seems to be an innovative alternative. And believe it or not, the items seem pretty attractive for a teething ring. Check it out!