At Our Wits’ End

Where do I start?  I think we’re on night 5 with hardly any real sleep.

When Max first started teething and we’d complain to friends about the sleep interruptions and the pain, the veteran parents would tell us just wait till the molars come in.

Well, here we are.  We’re all miserable.  Max has not eaten in 2 full days.  He’s maybe taken in 3.5 ounces of liquids today.  He won’t let anything near his mouth.  We’ve tried Milk, formula, water, juice, sorbet.  Then we made him a banana milk shake and cut the top of the nipple to make a larger hole — hoping he would get a little bit of solid food that way.  Not a chance.  Eventually we had a little bit of success giving him a few sips of milk via a bottle cap.  We took him on a drive for an hour because we were hoping it would make him fall asleep (didn’t).  So on that trip I stopped by a CVS and got a medicine dropper to dispense milk to him that way.  I think I got another ounce down that way.

We tried Tylenol — which gave us a couple of hours of relief during the early nights.  We tried it again last night and he threw it up.  Picked up some disolvable teething tablets and we’re not sure they’re doing anything either.

We’re so frustrated because all of the things that usually work with Max aren’t working — and as a Jewish mother I just can’t stand it when he won’t eat!  I know he won’t starve — but this is coming from some other primal place.

The worst of it is that by all estimates this phase sticks around for a while.  What the crap am I going to do??



  1. Allison said,

    February 28, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Motrin works much better than Tylenol for teething pain – maybe try giving that a whirl?

    Poor Max, and poor mommy and daddy! It will get better, and he may have a bad day followed by a good day, then another bad day, etc for a while. Not every day is miserable. And if he feels this badly, they are probably really close to cutting.

    Good luck to you all!

  2. Mommy, Esq. said,

    February 28, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Oh, no! Penny has three in and she’s a champ. Ned’s eating goes down and he gets fussy. Best thing I can recommend is Ibuprofin, NOT tylenol. Weigh him and call the doctor and confirm the EXACT dosage. Many parents give TOO LITTLE and then the kids are still suffering (and parents) and yet their organs are processing the meds – might as well get pain relief for all that processing. I’d guess he’s up to 5 ml of children’s motrin but call to double-check. We also use teething tablets and stick pacifiers in the freezer. If you have any “mesh” feeders put crushed ice in it. Give him the Motrin before dinner (about 30 mins) so he’ll eat and then give it to him again before YOU go to bed – that way you get more rest. I also give it before lunch so they eat lunch and take good afternoon naps. Good luck, I feel for you!

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