Honest Toddler’s Mom: Navigating Teething Hell
Congratulations! Your baby is getting teeth. As a mother of three and therefore an expert on every child, Iâ€™ve decided to pen a little guide to help you navigate this difficult but exciting time.
What is teething?
Teething babies is how God punishes us for having sex. LOL, I’m kidding. Teething babies is how God punishes us for having unprotected sex.
Â Teething is a beautiful milestone wherein teeth burn their way through your childâ€™s face. If teething were a person, itâ€™d be Tuco from Breaking Bad. Yes, a psychopathic, unpredictable drug lord who enjoys killing would best embody this biological process. If teething were a smell, it would be burning hair; it is unpleasant, lingering, and intrinsically frightening. If teething were a food, it would be blood pudding. This traditional English dish is made by combining animal blood and fillers until it is thick enough to congeal.
I read somewhere that the discomfort level of teething is equal to that of active labor. So if your baby could speak, maybe heâ€™d say things like, â€œI hate everyone in this roomâ€ or â€œThe next person who touches me will taste knuckles.â€
Therefore when you are struggling to comfort your screaming child at 1:30, 2, 3:15, 4 and then 5 in the morning, remember: you are a not an exhausted parent on the brink, you are a Tooth Doula. Your baby is having teeth babies.
Roles of a Tooth Doula
1. Physical Support
Nurse your baby on demand. Babies love to breastfeed for comfort to ease their pain. Try not to flinch when they mouth shank your nipple. Every baby bites at some point. Sure those barely-there tooth nubs look harmless, but when clamped down on your money makers, it will hurt like a mofo. Your first instinct will be to yank Simba away from your breast. Unless you have money for reconstructiveÂ areola surgery DO NOT. Prod him to release your nip by inserting a judgement-free finger, like your pinky, into his bear trap of a mouth. Be sure not to shame your baby by saying words like “NO” or “OUCH.”
Tooth Doulas, your baby wants to have a natural tooth birth. Administering Tylenol is the equivalent of putting an epidural into your young child’s spine and should be avoided. If your baby could speak, he’d say “Keep that red liquid evil away from me.” Don’t ruin your baby’s tooth birth story will unnecessary and embarrassing interventions. Homeopathy is the only answer.
Like prayer, nobody knows exactly like homeopathy works, but we do it when we’re scared.
Infant Teething Homeopathics come in a variety of forms.
-Pills. These white packed powder pills dissolve instantly on your childâ€™s tongue. They’re like little baby ecstasy. Put on some house music or Ellie Goulding to make the night special. Remember to keep your baby hydrated. Talk about your feelings. Itâ€™s working if your baby stops crying and reports seeing colors heâ€™s never seen before.