Poor little lamb

A toddler's skull before losing their baby teeth

A toddler’s skull before losing their baby teeth

You might have seen this image before – it’s been floating around Facebook for a while. This is what a child’s skull looks like before they lose their baby teeth.

Pretty horrifying, huh?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my baby girl’s recent clingy, grizzly and generally unsettled temperament of late, and yesterday I discovered the exact cause.

Little Chop has six teeth so far, four up top, two on the bottom, each pre-empted by a few grizzles the week before which passed quickly as each tooth erupted. This time around the grizzles have gone on for three weeks and counting.

A few days ago I noticed Chops pawing at her cheek, then again the next day and again the next day. So, yesterday I decided to check out the teething situation by sticking my finger in her mouth and having a feel of her gums…bad move. She bit down. Hard. I think the neighbours heard me yelp. I changed tactics and lurched in with the tickle monster.

Bingo. Mid-laugh, clearly visible from her wide-mouth grin were four pearly corners of a molar buried in a swollen red gum. My baby girl’s first molar!

May I remind you of the picture above. Can you imagine all the pressure that’s going on inside a toddler’s jaw? Yeah, I don’t want to think about it either.

I just hope it breaks through soon – we could really use a good night sleep around here.


7 thoughts on “Poor little lamb

  1. Ugh, that is a horrible picture! 😦 And they are tough cookies, aren’t they?! We don’t give them enough credit sometimes. All we hear is the complaining, whining, and fussiness, but they must feel terrible! Thanks for the reminder to be more emphathetic. 🙂

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