For the last two weeks or so, Adam has been drooling a lot and gnawing on his hands. I thought it might be teething but I convinced myself otherwise. Babies drool, right? He just found his hands, he’s enjoying the taste. He’s only 10 weeks old for Pete’s sake.
Then I felt a little scraping when he nursed. And then there were tiny scratch marks. And yesterday, he started a low grade fever and some general crabbiness. Then he started having trouble nursing – this from the baby who has never turned down a good meal. Sure enough, there’s two tiny white pin-heads just under the surface of his gums. He’s now 11 weeks old.
The poor guy desperately wants to chew but when he can convince his hands to keep a washcloth or a teething ring in his mouth, his tongue thrust reflex kicks in and pushes out whatever he’s trying to chew on. He’s tired and frustrated.
I’ve been rubbing his gums, which he enjoys and helping him chew on a washcloth, but it makes getting anything else done (like doing the dishes or vaccuuming or oh, I don’t know, using the washroom) darn near impossible. We have some gel to rub on his gums but I’m hesistant to use it. I’ve been giving him Tylenol for the fever and it helps him sleep. Any other ideas for an early teether?