How do I know if my baby is teething?

Avatar for sandyc299
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2008
How do I know if my baby is teething?
10
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 7:26am

My baby has had the classic signs of teething, excessive drooling (however this has been going on for weeks) constantly chewing on his gums when he isn't eating, fussiness (started 2 days ago) and a lot of coughing I am assume from the excess saliva. I see little white areas on his gums on the top and on the bottom but it is on the side not in the middle like I was told where his first tooth will come. So I am not sure if he is really teething or it is just something else.

David Nicholas 12/5/09
Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-11-2005
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 8:29am
Sounds like teething to me. A baby doesn't necessarily get the middle teeth first and they don't always get them bottom then top in pair either. Sometimes they can teeth two, three or even four months before a tooth appears, which is kind of a pain, all around, but it happens.





Thanks Mandy for the new signature







babies




Thank you for the sig Mary

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-24-2005
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 9:52am
You know? I've been wondering the exact same thing!
Fedehas been extra fussi this past two days, drooling and chewing on his hands constantly... But isn't three months old two early for it?
PhotobucketDaisypath Anniversary tickersLilypie First Birthday tickersLilypie Breastfeeding tickersPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Photobucket

Avatar for sandyc299
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2008
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 10:37am

I heard it can start as early as 4 months and my baby will be 4 months a week from Monday.

David Nicholas 12/5/09
Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-04-2007
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 11:01am

I could have written this post when James was this age. I was convinced he was teething. He also had little white spots off to the sides, not in the middle. There still there though, and no teeth have popped through in those spots. I looks at some other babies mouths, and I think those spots are always white like that.

James had these symptoms at 3.5 months, then they went away and he didn't get any teeth until 9 months. When he did finally get teeth they were in the middle on the bottom, and he had no symptoms at all.

So, while it's possible that David is getting teeth now, it's also pretty likely from my experience that he isn't, it seems like a lot of babies go through teething symptoms between 3 and 4 months, without getting any teeth. HTH!

Photobucket
Lilypie
PhotobucketPhotobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 11:33am

I second what Grace said - I also thought Teddy was teething at 3 1/2mths, and that he'd get his canines first. So were most of my friends with their babies!


He got his first two teeth (bottom middle ones) at 6 1/2 months without any symptoms apart from the bright red cheeks that are IMO the only "real" symptoms as the dribbling, chewing on things and fussiness can be related to so many other things.


Two

Photobucket


iVillage Member
Registered: 10-11-2005
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 12:04pm

Both my kids had teeth by 5 months. I apparently teethed really early though I had my first tooth by 3 months. I didn't write down exact dates though, but I have pictures of both of them at 5 months or under with teeth. Pretty sure Desmond was right around 4 months and Eloise was closer to 4 1/2 because I was surprised she didn't have them as early as Desmond. Then again Desmond had all his teeth but his 2 year old molars by 13 months, and Eloise is up to 14 teeth at 12 1/2 months so I expect her to have all 16 by the end of the month or so.

It really varies based on your child.






Thanks Mandy for the new signature







babies




Thank you for the sig Mary

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-07-2003
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 1:37pm
As the others have said, "teething" can start months before the actual teeth show up. Elena started drooling like crazy at around 4 months, started chewing on her fingers, and also got the bright red cheeks. She didn't get her first teeth (two bottom middle teeth) until a couple of days after she turned 7 months. And then she was miserable! For the 2 or 3 days before those teeth came through, she was crying and constantly rubbing at her mouth. She also kept running her tongue along her bottom gums. I could also feel the teeth under the gums before they came through. A month and a half ago I thought she was getting her top teeth too, but they've yet to show up. :/
Photobucket
Lilypie

.........

Photobucket


Powered by CGISpy.com
Avatar for Cmmelissa
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2008
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 2:45pm
Those sound like the classis teething signs, although that could go on for awhile for he actually has a tooth pop through.

Avatar for sandyc299
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2008
Fri, 03-26-2010 - 10:25am

Well I definately see a tooth under the gum but how long it takes to pop up is anyone's guess. I will ask the pedi about it since we go in a week from Monday. Thanks for all the help. I think my mom said I was 6 mos so we'll see. Not sure about when dh got his I will have to ask my MIL.

Photobucket

Thanks for the wonderful siggie Dedi


David Nicholas 12/5/09
Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2007
Fri, 03-26-2010 - 10:46am

From my experience I wouldn't put too much faith in what the pediatrician says. At our 4 month appt our ped said that Barrett was no where close to teething (and that the excess drooling, mouthing, etc really is just normal behavior for that age - which it is - I didn't ask about teething, the doc just offered this info). Then just one week after his ped appt, Barrett popped his bottom two incisors! (My sister, a dentist, said with regards to our pediatrician's prediction, "How would he know?!!!")

I was convinced Barrett was not teething, but I guess he was! It was a lot easier to tell when his top teeth were coming in (he got all four top incisors at basically the same time). He was biting on things a lot vs. just mouthing them. At 3-4 months babies drool a lot - it has more to do with their inability to swallow the drool v. teething, and they all start putting things in their mouth.

Barrett got his first tooth at almost the exact day DH got his first tooth (DH was one day younger)!

It was actually really fun to have Barrett's tooth erupt, and I had no idea it was coming. He was chewing/sucking away at my finger, and I felt something sharp, and it took me a few minutes to figure out it was his tooth not something he had gotten in his mouth! I was not expecting that from my four month old :)

If it is teething, I hope David and you have an easy time with it.

Photobucket

Lilypie

Photobucket

Photobucket
Photobucket