As far as the “other end” goes, well, it comes with the territory. Wet diapers can shoot up from the back, drip out the sides, and ruin several outfits a day when molars come in. Changing these is bad enough, but when Red’s booty got so red and raw from being changed, wiped, and poo-ed, I had to do something about it!
I spoke before (Teething, Part 1) on some of the symptoms of teething, and how baby teeth and adult teeth can emerge. I also touched on how you can help to relieve some symptoms.
Teething can also bring on fevers, which I had not mentioned before. If you have (or have had) children, you’ll notice two camps of doctors. One of which is convinced that teething does not cause fevers and that those are related to another illness. The other camp (in which I like to reside) believes that teething can cause low-grade fevers, which are easily treated with some infant Tylenol or Advil. Red gets a small does when a fever arises, which is not often, but certainly related to teething.
And bring bibs…. LOTS of bibs.
Babies whose first tooth emerges around 6 months will often start the drool factory around 3.5-4 months, needing bibs and wipes. Excessive teething can cause a little rash around the mouth or naso-labial folds. Keeping a wipe handy is great, and as an added step, I chose Pacifiers that let the drool drip away (not keeping it stationary against the skin). The MAM Air has a shape (strange to some) that lets the drool flow away from the skin, and when we got these, the redness seriously decreased.
If you can manage to wipe the booty clean with wipes, great. If those are still too rough, take the more natural route and dedicate some washcloths dipped in water to the cleansing routine. Afterwards, coat the rear end in some sort of paste, Desitin, or Butt Paste. Boudreaux’s actually makes the Butt Paste, as well as a Butt Paste Spray, which is soothing and will keep your hands from wiping the butt again. Red likes this option. Cover the pasted area with baby powder CORNSTARCH. This makes a pretty good shield against red and rash.
If all this is making you tear your hair out, don’t worry! (or at least, TRY not to) Your babies wont’ go to college like this. They will get through it and be happy little kiddos. And that smile will make it all worth it!