There are only a few words that can immediately make any parent wince. "Teething," is one of them — and "blowout" ranks a close second. Though some never experience the dark side of teething (lucky), plenty of parents know all about the swollen gums, copious drooling amounts, and long nights that come with new teeth erupting. It can be especially difficult when your baby's teeth come in late, all at once, or the whole process seems to last forever — basically any scenario can possibly suck. That's why it can be fun to discover old wives tales about late teething. In fact, reading about folklore and babies was always a welcome distraction for me when I was a new parent and had no clue what to expect in regards to teething.
Whether you can appreciate the advice in ancient tales or you just like learning about different cultural superstitions, you might be surprised to find what the folks of bygone eras used to believe about babies and late teething, such as it brings good luck — or wait, is it bad luck? Basically, you could throw a dart anywhere and I guarantee you would land on an interesting myth about babies and parenting. Then again, some folklore does have a bit of logic to it — they didn't come up with this stuff out of nowhere, right?