About three nights ago my husband and I were watching tv on the couch and my 4.5month old son was sitting in my lap playing with, and chewing my hands, when I noticed something sharp in his mouth. His first tooth! After initial excitement it became obvious my son was having trouble sleeping because of this tooth, and was too tired to latch properly and nurse. Eventually we gave him his frozen teething ring and he switched happily between it and my breast until he fell asleep.
The next morning I sent him to my mother's while I was at work and unsurprisingly she told me that he had been a little fussier than usual for her all day. When we got home I took out his little tooth brush and practice tooth paste to brush his gums and new tooth and noticed right next to his first new little tooth a second one coming through.
The past two days, and especially nights he has had so much trouble sleeping, calming down, and nursing well even with his teething ring. Yesterday I gave up and gave him tylenol to help his mouth feel better and within no time he was asleep drooling away. But I really hate to give him medicine like that unless he actually needs it. I know so many people who's first reaction is to run to the medicine cabinet for every little thing and I don't want my son to be one of those people.
That said I don't want him to suffer either, any advice?