I took Nate back to the pediatrician today because after six days of being on antibiotics, we thought his ear infection wasn't healing. But it turns out that the ear infection is much better. The constant ear scratching (so bad that he keeps cutting open the skin around his ears), biting, crib gnawing, Klingon-ness, sleeplessness and general misery can all be attributed to teething - not the ear infection. Oh teething, you formidable foe.
So the doctor recommended oil of cloves again and mentioned some others ideas as well, including Chamomile Extract that you deliver by dropper into the mouth. I went to Vitamin World, where the incredibly helpful salesman told me that they didn't have any. Of course, I found them on the shelf. Unfortunately they only had the kind with alcohol, and I wanted the alcohol free version. Not that part of me doesn't want to ply him with booze so I can get my first decent night of sleep in weeks, but having worked for NYC Children's Services, I think I'd prefer he stay out of foster care. No luck at GNC either - for the chamomile or the cloves.
So I continued my quest for the chamomile & cloves online and found a lot of information about actually giving Chamomile tea (rather than the extract) to your teething baby including this article at Discovery Health that recommends soaking a cloth in tea and putting it in the freezer. I think I will try that tomorrow because giving the tea to him in his cup did not go over so well.
I am so tempted to use Hyland's Teething Tabs. Parents rave about them, but our pediatrician (I sure do quote her a lot, don't I?) recommends against them because belladonna (the poison nightshade) is the active ingredient. I might need to rethink Hyland's if Nate keeps trying to teeth on my shoulders. I'm beginning to look like a friend of Marv Albert's. And the standard Orajel that my mom won't stop pushing is out of the question. Use of Orajel seems to be universally recommended against by pediatricians because of the dangers in numbing areas of the mouth and throat that would prevent the baby from swallowing. I think this would then create a danger for choking on their own saliva. I'd rather have the welts on my shoulder than risk that. Wish us luck...
10/23/10 update: Hyland's Tablets recalled for belladonna toxicity. I feel ill. Should have listened to my pediatrician. Read about the recall here.