Teething SOS

Let’s not dodge the truth here, the teething stage is quite challenging! Ever had toothache? If you’ve dealt with any kind of dental pain as an adult, then you know, tooth pain is no joke.

Yes, it’s pretty cute when your baby’s pearly whites start to poke through her gums, but the process is not a simple walk in the park.

"It’s quite crazy how a lack of sleep can make you feel. Luckily Gia was ok during the day which allowed us to catch an afternoon cat nap with her."

Apparently, while most babies begin teething around six months, that first tooth can

appear anytime between three and 14 months. Teeth usually come in pairs, starting with the bottom front two and followed by the top front two. Your baby’s primary pearly whites should be complete by age three.

Gia’s teething symptoms were quite obvious, the need to gnaw, drooling, fussiness (especially at night) and ear pulling.

I always get overly excited when Friday hits, no work-all play and quality time with my family, but little did I know that on this particular weekend, sleep would not make an appearance at all. Poor little Gia was fussing in what felt like a night from hell. We spent our Saturday in a state of disbelief, wondering if the night before was just a bad dream that we had still not woken up from or if we were in fact, the walking dead!

It’s quite crazy how a lack of sleep can make you feel. Luckily Gia was ok during the day which allowed us to catch an afternoon cat nap with her.

If you have a teething baby, you will not survive without these 4 things: Baby biltong, teething toys, teething gel and celery. Most biltong shops will stock baby teething biltong, be sure not to give regular biltong as it is loaded with salt and spices. Also try a cold celery stick, Gia loves celery and it is also a natural anti-inflammatory. #Winning

While your baby may not show the same teething symptoms, here are a few of the most common symptoms.

The need to gnaw: The pressure of an emerging tooth beneath the gums may be relieved by counter pressure, so teething babies often want to chomp on things. The chewing instinct may also be a response to the odd sensation that something’s going on in there.

Puffy gums: Before a new tooth erupts, it can cause a red, swollen, bruised-looking area on a baby’s gums. Sometimes the gum bulges with the emerging tooth, which you can see faintly beneath the skin (if you can convince your baby to open their mouth for long enough).

Fussiness, especially at night: Tooth eruption—when the tooth moves through the bone and gum—tends to come in stages, with more activity at night than during the day, so your baby may be more irritable in the evening.

Ear pulling: While it can also be a sign of an ear infection, tugging can be a symptom of teething—the pain from the jaw gets transferred to the ear canal.

To all parents going through teething. I salute you. The struggle is most definitely real!