If you are a mommy like me, you know exactly that a baby going through teething is no joke. Our babies get cranky, they often want to have those itchy gums soothed by pacifiers, or even toys. Well my little boy is growing a new tooth again and though he is pretty sport about it, it still makes him drool alot and want to bite on toys.
This week, I was privileged to join my other blogger friends to the launch of Tang’s new product. They introduced something really interesting… A TANG powdered juice formulated for the Mindanao palate. They brought their own food scientists to study what a Mindanaon wants in their orange juice. 7 out of 10 Mindanaoans seem to agree that they want a sweeter flavor in their orange juice. So, if you like your orange juice sweeter, guess what, you can now buy the TANG SWEET ORANGE. The only catch is, you can only buy it in MINDANAO groceries and sari-sari stores!
Think about this — An international brand willing to formulate a new variant just for Mindanaoans … willing to adjust to the taste and the culture of Mindanaons??? I say, “Its just super cool!!!”
Well, my son is a true Mindanaon. He was born in Mindanao and most likely will grow up in Mindanao. Therefore, it will be highly possible that he will develop a Mindanaon palate. Good thing that TANG Sweet Orange it is fortified with Vitamins A,B, C, Folate and Iron, and is Halal certified (meaning clean food and organic). So I have decided to be creative, and use TANG Sweet Orange to make a Baby Teether suited for my Joshua.
It is suggested to mix one 25g sachet of TANG Sweet Orange with 1 Liter of water. I still find it very sweet. So, to adjust to my little one year old’s taste, I mixed the sachet with 1.5 Liter of water. Then I started storing it in Ice Plastics and placed it in the freezer overnight. This TANG Sweet Orange teether is ready to soothe my baby’s gums. Also since its summer, it is another great popsicle to cool off the hot sunny days!
I remember getting a bit worried when Joshua was 6 months old that his teeth has not come out yet. I hear stories of kids getting their teeth earlier. I must confess I felt slightly worried that I did not have enough calcium thats why his teeth was not here yet.
Of course the expectant MOMMY-me was looking at Josh’s every drool, providing his teether for his hardening gums, and letting him cut biscuits with his toothless jaw. I guess you can say as a first time mom you want to see the results according to the books!
So yes, not on the 6 month did his two lower teeth come out, but rather almost 9 months! Joshua and I were on a plane to Manila when his tantrum was unconsolable. Not even breastfeeding or breastmilk can appease. I was pretty stressed and tired on that ride because my son would not stop crying. This tantrum lasted beyond the air plane ride, to occassional crying between meals and play time. Worst, was at night he would awake fully crying and I started to suspect that it could be his teeth coming out.
True to that premise, Josh was in pain. He would feel relief from ice-cold candies as a pacifier. But I think one of the best discovery is the Xylogel. Recommended by my pediatrician, you apply this gel type paste on affected gum and it would somehow give an anesthetic numbing from the pain. When Joshua awoke the 2nd night in tears, I applied it over his gums and he slept well!
I never thought it would be this way because my twin sister’s kids never had problems with their first tooth coming out. But since our experience was different it is good to know we have options to address the painful entry of those pearly whites!
Now as an exclusive breastfeeding mom, I am amazed at the resiliency of our physical anatomy to adapt having those new teeth around as I continue nursing my baby. Its not a horror story as I expected.
The great thing with this new development of Joshua’s new pair of teeth, is Josh’s new food adventures. His pearly whites help him cut through cheese, fruit, and other solids. This indeed is a blessing and great fun to watch!