I have separated out the pain or producing teeth from the pain of looking after them. For some Smalls the teething process can be quite dramatic (our Small 2), for others no issue at all (Small 1), with a whole range in between (Small 3). So, from about 3-4 months, this was another thing to add to my list of things to check if Small was unhappy.
If it was teething pain causing the current outburst from Small it was time to reach for one of two vital stock items in our medical cabinet (or both if it was severe): Calpol (Tylenol in the US), a liquid form of paracetamol (acetaminophen in the US) and Ashton & Parsons Infant Teething Powders. The latter is an old school, natural remedy, that comes in little paper folds and is poured onto the tongue. They are available in the US but an alternative is Nelsons Teetha Powder. There are also numbing gels that are rubbed into the gums.
Whilst teething, Small chewed on everything in sight. This was more likely to end up with things getting soggy than any real damage being done. It was certainly not as bad as having a puppy. One of mine chewed through an LP case and crunched up several vinyl LPs. [For younger readers, LPs were 12” discs of plastic with grooves on that stored music to be replayed using a record player. They predated CDs, which are themselves now almost redundant.] We thought it wise to invest in some teething rings though. The best ones were filled with gel and could be cooled in the fridge.
One side effect of teething is dribble. Small 2 was a champion dribbler. From the moment he started teething he had to wear a bib at all times. He saturated about 10 a day. I also took to wearing a posset cloth over my shoulder most of the time whilst at home, to prevent moist shoulder syndrome whenever I picked him up. It became such a permanent fixture that I often forgot to take it off when I ventured outside.
Not so much a parenting guide full of advice, more the reality of parenting kids and being a house husband and father, written by a stay at home dad to three children.
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