Finally, after a lot of crying and misery, my son is back to his old happy, napping, sleeping through the night self. He's also got a full set of upper teeth through, and a couple of molars poking out, too. My pediatrician has always tried to minimize the 'side effects' of teething, but I'll tell you, this kid definitely gets diaper rash and teeth together, and I'm irritated that it took me so long to see that connection. An article I read tried to claim it isn't teething that causes diaper rash, but excessive saliva! Let's split hairs, why don't we?
Either way, I'm starting to feel like this is a happy kid with bouts of teething, as opposed to a difficult child with bouts of happiness, and that gives me lots of hope for the future!