Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Grizzly Girl

The latest theory on Sheena's ongoing grizzling is that she is teething. This has been suggested since she was 5 months, but I am starting to think that it is actually the case now. Babies with Down Syndrome can be slower to teeth, and the teeth sometimes don't come in the usual pattern. Her teeth/gums might be really irritating her.

I think she might have a very low pain threshold. I have a high pain threshold, so I am a bit impatient with this ongoing grizzling.

Today, when Sheena's physio came over, Sheena had just woken up from a 2 hour sleep & was breastfed. Theoretically perfect for a physio session. I'd also given her a panadol and bonjela in the morning, but that might have worn off. She grizzled away, but was constantly sucking on her hands. A bit obsessed. We got out a rusk, and she knawed at it with gusto. With Sheena's low muscle tone, she can't put toys etc in her mouth easily, which would usually relieve the teething process - so I might have to offer, and help her with rusks. Fun hey.... The physio was actually able to work with Sheena for a change - grizzly but not screaming.

After another sleep, another panadol and more bonjella she had a very relaxed afternoon, so that was fantastic. I had coffee with my local mothers group, and with Sheena in good form, it was really nice.

I made her grated cheese and brocolli for dinner. It was a bit lumpy for her, but she managed OK. Baby yoghurt for dessert. How civilised.


Jessica said...

Sheena is adorable! I have a 5 month old son with T-21, I can't wait to read more about Sheena!

Miranda said...

Hi, I got to your blog from "Raising Joey" I also have a daughter with T-21, she is going to be 3 on september 12th.

Shaylee had a funky teething pattern. She got her fist tooth at 5 months (on an airplane no less!) she got her 2 bottom teeth and then her 2 top teeth, and then oddly she started getting molars. Hope all goes well and i'll be checking back in for updateson little Shenna.

jotcr2 said...

I think Sheena is teething her molars. When she has a dummy, she chomps on her rear gums. Her physio is convinced she's teething, but her Pead doesn't think so.