T has become more fussy during the night for the last couple of days. Usually he would sleep til about 4ish, 5am before waking up for his first night feed. But for the last few nights, he woke up around 2am, 4am and 6am!!! Mannn..it’s cruel to take back my long stretch of sleep again. Plus, I’m short on manpower with the husb away on a work trip – no one to soothe the baby while I get his milk ready. Hence, T would be screaming by the time I return with a bottle.
I suspected teething because Mr Velcro has become Mr Drool these days. I thought I saw some whitish stuff on his gum at where the bottom front two teeth usually emerge first but I could not be sure. It definitely can’t be remnants of milk because I clean his gums and tongue every day.
Also, Mr Drool had skin irritation on his chin area which I thought could be caused by his constant drooling. But it was not the chin area that he was irritated with. Instead, he was rubbing the areas around his jawline, forehead, and brows. Now, that got him really frustrated and he found it hard to sleep, which made it hard for me to sleep too. Sigh..
To preserve my sanity and sleep, I could not wait for the husb to be back to see the paed together and got us an appointment this morning!
Our usual paed was on leave, so I was quite relieved when T started showing his toothless smiles to this new paed ‘cos that meant he was okay with someone new. During the check, my son suddenly decided to show off to this new paed by flipping from his back to his tummy all by himself!! OMGOSH!! The paed, my parents and I were so impressed, we were cheering like mad for T inside the room. It was hilarious! T was smiling like a champion with the excitement we showed.
The paed commented that T is such a happy baby. I told her, “you didn’t see him in his colic days!” and she gave me the knowing nod. But all’s good now and we are so much more appreciative of his happy moments now because of the not-so-good times. 🙂
Anyway, back to the check-up. He’s teething alright. The paed confirmed that those are teeth that we spotted. We were given teething gel for the discomfort in his gums and saline for the stuffy nose which is probably caused by teething as well.
As for the skin, it’s probably eczema. We are going to try out Physiogel AI Cream first since both the paed and I do not want to start on any steroid cream if possible. According to the paed, diligent use of this cream has helped many babies. I know how irritating the itch can get for eczema, so I really hope this works for T!
weight as at 02.Jun.11 : 8.2kg
height as at 28.May.11 : 67.5cm