hello. i was wondering what you ladies think about this issue. I think my 4 month old is teething. She is SUPER drooly, crying and fussing ALL THE TIME, chewing on teethers like crazy, putting everything in her mouth, she also chews on the nipple when she eats. She had a few low grade temps of 100.2 and 100.3. When I put my finger in her mouth, she bites down really hard. Also, she is waking up screaming like 5-10 times a night! This is odd because ever since my daughter has been 3 weeks old, she has slept through the night without waking at all. What do you ladies think? My baby development books say that teething can start anywhere from 3-12 months, but 6 months is the average. I don't know what to think? Can you all help me? I'm a first timer! LOL. Thanks!
My oldest had 4 teeth at 4 months, by the time he was one he had a full mouth, It was so cute, he looked like a little man! He even got molars in. My second was more average he got his first 2 at 6 months, All babies progress differently! Invest in some baby oragel!
Also do try to remember that actual teething process, as in cutting teeth, generally doesn't take long. Oftentimes parents mistake newly functioning salivary glands (read:lots and lots of drooling) and mouthing of items to automatically mean teething and will start giving orajel and Tylenol at 2 months of age.
I would recommend you only start giving it, if at all, when you start to notice the red and inflamed gum tissue. I am not a fan of orajel, but rather like either the Hyland tablets or the natural soothers like a clean knuckle to knaw on (my kids loved their daddy's knuckle, it was the best soother for all three while teething) or a refridgerated washcloth.
My son popped his first tooth through at roughly 3 1/2 months old, so it can definitely happen early!
Just be watchful, though...one doctor that dx'ed an ear infection in my son told us that frequent waking with screaming/crying at night is a good indicator for ear infections. Especially with a fever... My son chews, drools, gets a runny nose, sometimes diarrhea and a LOW fever (99.3 for example) during teething, but he saves his nightly screaming and temps over 100 for ear infections. Chewing CAN be a sign of a baby trying to relieve the pain/pressure in their ears.
She has had low grade temps of 99.6 100.2 and 100.3 so far. She soaks through her shirts within hours from all of her drooling. Her gums aren't red and inflamed. They are really white at the front bottom part. Other places they are pink. IDK if it is because of the pressure that they are white like that? She chews on everything! I am pretty sure that she is teething. I check her mouth everyday to see if i feel a tooth, but nothing yet. I just noticed the behavior about a week ago though. So, I am expecting it to be a few more weeks until a tooth cuts through.
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