Teething and Injections
The new week brought has brought new challenges, apart from being on my own for the best part of the week (Florence now works 4 days a week) Leo has started teething, he is also due for his latest round of injections this week - so it looks like a challenging week lies ahead. Although for the most part of the day he is his usual happy self he does cry a-lot more and needs a bit more attention. So although as well as managing on my own this week I have to be extra cuddly this week to help Leo through this phase of growing up.
As with any new challenge there is a steep learning curve and I have learnt this week about all the different teething products on the market. There are loads. There’s teething rings/soothers ranging from the very cheap such as water filled rubber soothers that are about £1.50 to the state of the art, in vogue matchstick monkey, which seems to have replaced Sophie the giraffe as the number one soother. But the problem with these soothers is that baby needs the skills and the coordination to not only hold an item but to put it in their mouth. As Leo is only just four months old and is teething at an early age these products are not particularly useful for us at the moment, unless of course we hold it in his mouth for him, which I am not going to do.
Once I had bought pretty much the full range of products only to find that they are not particularly useful, I continued my research to find that there are even more soothers on the market that might be of more help. There are specially designed dummies that are apparently good for chewing and then there’s a chewing/teething mitt which means that baby doesn’t constantly gnaw on their own hands. Whilst we have had a little bit of luck with these items. The new texture of the dummies and gnawing mitts are just something else new that Leo has to get used to. So he frequently spits the new dummy out and he just doesn’t understand the teething mitten. We also bought some Tommy Tippee dummies that look a little bit like a dummy with a baby-sized gum shield attached to it. I was hopeful about this but literally the second this went into his mouth he started to cry as it was too big for him.
Finally, there’s the painkillers. Although originally as a last resort the likes of bonjela and calpol teething gel have been a bit of a god-send. It's clear when Leo is in pain and is really struggling with his mouth so it is good to be able to rely on a painkiller like these that seem to really work. The leaflets says you can only use it six times a day and so far we have only had need to use it three times a day so it's not the first thing we go to as I am not too keen on medicating the little guy but I find that it works really well.
The truth is for all the products that are on the market Leo prefers to suck his fingers and occasionally have a bit of teething gel when the pain gets too much. If he was older we may have had a different experience but the fact the that he is teething with little coordination and dexterity means he can’t use many of the soothers, toys and dummies that are available.
So teething is not at all a fun experience and my heart breaks every time I see Leo burst into tears and stuff his hands into his mouth to try and deal with the pain. But to make things more difficult, this week he has also said his next round of injections. To be honest I was dreading this, Florence had taken him to his previous injection but on this occasion Florence couldn’t attend so it was just me and Leo. At the last set Florence told me Leo burst into tears the moment they set foot into the GPs surgery so I went anticipating the worst. I decided to walk down to the Surgery and fortunately he fell to sleep on the way so we had a quiet few moments in the waiting room before we were called in. When we were called through Leo was still asleep so I was forced to wake him up as he got his injections. It can’t have been a pleasant few moments for him, woken from a nice nap and then jabbed three times with a sharp needle. Like the previous occasions he went bright red, closed his eyes and opened his mouth as wide as he could and started howling. But surprisingly after a few seconds Leo was back to his normal self. I was so proud of him.