Re: Cracked nipples and baby's upper teeth!
I think the first thing to do is to determine if this crack is the result of a poor latch or of something like thrush or bacterial infection. Older babies do get difficult when teething, and sometimes their teeth will break the skin- but if you've had months of trouble-free nursing you have to at least consider alternate explanations for the cracking.
Tips on dealing with broken skin in the nipple area:
- Vary your nursing position.
- Use a combination of 1% hydrocortisone cream and Bacitracin antibiotic ointment on the crack to combat inflammation and infection. Use a pea-sized amount, mixed and applied using a clean finger.
- Hydrate the crack before nursing/pumping, by using a wet washcloth on it or by immersing the entire nipple in a shot glass full of warm water. Scabs tear open with less pain when they are softened by water.
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