The Thing With Teething….

that really has annoyed the hell out of me is how it has messed up all the hard work and good habits that I taught Ava when she was still a new-born. And to get those good habits back is going to take an almighty effort now that she is far more strong-willed and determined!

Since she has started cutting teeth her day time sleep routine has been totally messed up. Previously, as soon as I saw her showing her sleepy signals – rubbing eyes, grabbing ears etc, I could take her, plop her in her cot with her dummy and security blankie and she’d go straight off to sleep. Now I cannot do that at all. She won’t take a dummy because her mouth is so sore and she gets very angry if you try to force the dummy on her. You also cannot put her down for a nap awake as she will just cry and cry and cry until you go back in to fetch her. And believe me I have tried just leaving her to “cry it out” and it doesn’t work, an hour later she’ll still be sobbing, only now she’s pissed off as well as upset and then it takes hours to settle her after that.

Night times are another ball game all together. Gone are the full nights sleep which we have become accustomed to for the last 7 months. Firstly, I have to put her down asleep because putting her down awake results in a crying/screaming session. And she also wakes up a few times at night. I know for some Mom’s this is normal but this is not normal for us and I’m battling to adjust to it.

On Thursday last week, she was awake for 3 hours during the night. On Friday night she woke up at 22h00 and it took an hour and a half to get her back to sleep, on Sunday she was awake at 01h20 for an hour and on Tuesday night she was awake at 1am for an hour and then again at 4am and she wouldn’t go back down after that.

In desperation I took her to the Dr yesterday, just to confirm that there isn’t any other problem like ear infection which I’d heard can happen during teething or tonsillitis. She has none of these. Our Dr did recommend that on the nights when she is especially uncomfortable that I bring out the big guns, in the form of Stopayne, which is normally only recommended from 2 years of age. We tried it last night and aside from it taking 40 minutes to get her to bed last night, she did sleep right through until 6am this morning, something both Walter and I are grateful for as we would never have survived another day of sleep deprivation.

I know I must seem like a whiny ass, but I never ever imagined that teething with her would be so tough given that she’s been so easy with everything else. And I know that what we’re going through seems like a cake walk in comparison to what some Mom’s go through, but like I said before, we have been sleeping soundly right through the night for 7 months now, so to be going through this now really really tough.

I also read that it takes 3 days to start a new habit with your baby so I shudder to think all the damage to her awesome routine she previously had. I also read somewhere that some professionals believe that babies do not show teething symptoms (what the???) and that most literature says they will only show symptoms for 72 hours prior to a tooth cutting. Yeah right! That is not my experience! Her second tooth is now fully out, but our Dr showed me yesterday that it looks like the top two are in hot pursuit!

God help us!!

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  • Reply mayflowerladybugs

    Well I can sympathize indeed. We are also used to the twinnies sleeping through so when they have an off night I really suffer the next day! Rachel is OK with teething, she doesn’t have to many symptoms beforehand BUT she cries for 3 hours straight as the tooth is cutting. Olivia is a different ball game though… at least a week of crying and moaning, up and down at night ect before we finally have a tooth. Rachel is 4 teeth ahead of her (the 4 eye teeth) and those have been the worst for us – Danielle and Rachel definitely suffered the most with those so I shudder to think how Olivia will take it! I agree with some big guns as needed, those teeth are darn sore when they cut, the eye teeth are like little spears! The only consolation I have for you (and it is not much I admit) is that there are only 20 teeth, and some are easier than others.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Zeu

    Can only offer you hugs!
    Mine has a chest infection so I know all about having a baby that used to sleep through, who now doesn’t! Sleep deprivation is a Killer!

    Hope the other teeth will come thru better!


    September 15, 2010 at 10:45 am
  • Reply little29

    Hi Sharon – I wish I could say it gets better but once those first teeth pop out they just keep coming…. also besides the teething don’t forget around this time, 6 – 9 months, they also start experiencing separation anxiety and also because they reaching certain milestones, sitting, rolling, crawling they want to practise all these new found skills at some ungodly hours….. My little one slept like an absolute angel – I was the envy of all my friends -until he reached around 18 months – now at 3 yrs old is he only starting to sleep well again -like I have commented before – you just never know whats around the corner – thats the joy and mystery of motherhood!! 🙂

    September 15, 2010 at 11:24 am
  • Reply lea2109

    Caitlyn got her first teeth at 3.5 months joined by nappy rash and an ear infection which totally messed up her sleep patterns at the time and of course soon after the first teeth then more would come and so on. Sigh! But I can say life will indeed return to normal again even if it doesn’t feel like that right now. Remember also she is getting a bit older and I found with mine that at around 9 months their daytime naps changed and I had to adjust the time when they had their nap and from about 1.5 to 2 both my kids pretty much dropped their daytime naps altogether, so now we just have night time sleeps.

    Hang in there, before you know it you’ll be past this stage also 🙂

    September 15, 2010 at 11:25 am
  • Reply zamom

    Shame man. Ava was absolutely fine with the first 8 but she’s now busy getting her molars and although she’s fine in the day and goes to sleep okay, she likes to wake at around 1am and doesn’t settle until I give her Calpol/Stopayne. Last night I gave her Stopayne when she went to sleep and she didn’t wake till 7am, yay. When Zoe was a baby you could give Stopayne from 6 months and then they changed it (no idea why) but she was absolutely fine so I’ve given it to Ava, whenever she needs it, from 6 months. I’m also now dreading the eye teeth as everyone says they are the worst. Teething is a baffling thing as Zoe honestly had no symptoms at all.

    September 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply bethjane

    She is just the cutest little thing!
    Sorry, mine teethed so long ago so don’t have any advice for you. Now my sleep deprivation comes from me not being able to sleep while waiting for them to come home at night!

    September 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply hollielee5

    Hey Sharon,
    I feel your pain and sleeplessness. At this same stage in the game with our lil guy (he’s now 11months), our blissful entire night’s rest was ABRUPTLY halted. I do believe it had to do with his teething, his teeth started popping up like crazy. But also, I believe its where he was in his development. Its funny, Ava seems at the SAME PLACE and she is breaking her schedule/routine.
    Rest assured, with a few nights under your belt, your lil one will find her new normal and drift right back into those happy habits. Ride this one out! Just as soon as you get used to one thing, then the lil sneaks throw a wrench in the whole works!
    You might find this funny, but one night, my arms had just given OUT from walking with a 21 pound screaming hunk of “baby man” (thats our nickname) So I put him IN HIS STROLLER, IN THE HOUSE, and wheeled him around. TA DA! It was no time before Mr Man was off to snoozeville. I had to laugh, but Im all about WHATEVER WORKS, DO IT!!

    September 15, 2010 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    Shame man. Teething sucks!
    And Stopayne was my BFF while we were teething.
    Hope all eases up soon..x

    September 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply aussiekim

    Ava melts my heart she is just so adorable~!
    Teething gel rubbed into her gums?

    September 16, 2010 at 12:11 am
  • Reply teamedeling

    We used Stopayne for “sleep training” when we had one patch when Kaitlynn’s routine was also disturbed due to something, but she was bit older, so not sure about dosage. But we gave it to her before nap times everyday. You can use it for up to ten days without any issues, after that risk of addiction doc told me, but it worked to just her routine back.
    And not all teeth is necessarily a mission, so have faith. Hopefully the rest will just pop out. Sending you love and hugs xxx

    September 16, 2010 at 7:30 am
  • Reply darylfaure

    Sharon – it might not only be the teething that is driving her routine out the window. If I recall, we also went through a bad patch from about 9 to 11 months, but somehow after that things settled again, so don’t despair yet. Just stick to her routine as much as possible, even when you feel like throwing it out the window – I am sure things will settle sooner rather than later, and in the mean time HANG IN THERE!

    September 17, 2010 at 8:15 pm
  • Reply Juanita

    Im so glad I stumbled upon this! U have described my last few weeks. And I’ve been giving my LO Panadol not realizing it’s making him hyper….. Or I reckon it must be that from some of the news24 health posts!!!!!! I’m gonna bring on the stopayne tomorrow, this has gone on long enough I just need a good sleep to handle another week !!! Like u, I had a baby that slept through !! So big shock to the system. So it LO should be around 2 now…. How was the rest of the teething and did u sleep train her again? I am just waiting for the teething to settle down before I start . My LO is 8 months.

    July 27, 2014 at 1:05 am
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