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Sick, Teeth or Grow?

The cheeks of a teething baby.

Hello there new mom with a sad crying baby! I would like to offer my experience as a second time mom to help you decode your baby’s sadness. Nothing is more overwhelming than having a snotty crying baby for whom you can do nothing but snuggle and hug. There’s so many things that can go awry with a baby over 12 weeks old and the three main culprits are teething, growing pains and sickness. Unfortunately your baby can’t express to you just what hurts and where so you have to use your killer skills of deduction to figure out just why they’re waking up every hour and a never ending fountain of bodily fluids and tears.

Ready to decode your sad baby? Let’s go!

  • Snotty nose – This one could be teeth or sickness. (Hey, at least I weeded out growing pains!)
  • Drool – most likely teeth, or you should stop eating donuts in front of your baby.
  • Crying – OH THE CRYING. This could be anything. Have a cup of coffee or a Coke, you’re going to need it come morning.
  • Loss of appetite – This one could be teething (OW THAT SPOON HURTS! Sickness (FOOD IS AWFUL.) or growing pains (THIS GROWING CRAP IS PAINFUL!)
  • Fever – Sickness or teething. If it gets to be a serious fever that lasts? Sickness. Call your baby’s doctor.
  • Rosy Cheeks – TEETHING! This one I know. When Vivi gets rosy cheeks a tooth usually appears within 48 hours. Or maybe you didn’t use enough sunscreen, in which case, USE SUNSCREEN.
  • Sleeplessness/Sleepiness – Teething, growing or sickness. Or you kept your baby out too late at a bar last night.

So, here’s the truth, I played this game today with Vivi and was horrible at it. But I figured if maybe I admitted that I’m just as terrible at it the second time around you could maybe rest a little easier knowing that a lot of parents have no idea what’s going on with their sad crying babies. I’m pretty sure it’s a little bit of sickness since Addie decided to share a sippy cup with her sister but it could also be teeth with all the drool. Or maybe both. Or maybe it’s a lunar phase. Who knows.

We’re prepared to be up many times tonight with a sad fevered baby and this too shall pass.

Until then, I’ll keep guessing what’s wrong until a tooth shows up, clothes stop fitting or the snot goes away.

Find more Casey on her blog, twitter, Pinterest, Flickr and facebook.

Also Babbled:

Sneeze on the baby and I’ll sell you.

A hard night with a sick baby.

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