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Old 08-29-2006, 03:57 PM   #1
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Teething...when is the EARLIEST it starts?

I read in one of my many child/baby books that the physical discomforts of teething can begin weeks or even months before a tooth actually cuts through. But, only recently did I start to suspect that PERHAPS my 5 (soon to be 6 week) old daughter might be going through this.
This past week she has been excessively drooly, constantly has her hand or other items in her mouth (her clothes for instance), fusses while nursing (whines, cries, wiggles) and has unexplainable bouts of crying from waking until bedtime.
I looked in her mouth and it LOOKS like there is a spot on her upper jaw that is swollen and has a bit of white behind it. I pressed on it gently and she didnt cry, so Im guessing it isnt painful to the touch. it just looks ODD>


When did your children start teething? Does anyone know if it is possible for a babe this age to be teething?

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Old 08-29-2006, 04:25 PM   #2
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Re: Teething...when is the EARLIEST it starts?

My DD was teething from about 6 weeks old. She didn't actually get any teeth till she was 4 months old, but her gums were red, swollen, and painful from 6 weeks on. Teething can actually start at any age. My cousin was born with two teeth!
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Re: Teething...when is the EARLIEST it starts?

We got teeth at about 6 months, I think. There was lots of drooling going on before then though, for months before.
Those first 2 came in without any problem. He started with the bottom 2, the top 2 were painful to him though. The molars we're doing now are worse than anything before. Poor guy.
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Re: Teething...when is the EARLIEST it starts?

What could I do to make it less uncomfortable? I know teething rings are an option, but she is too little to even HOLD one let alone keep it in her mouth. One book suggested childrens TYLENOL, but is she too young for that still?
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Re: Teething...when is the EARLIEST it starts?

Hyland's teething tablets and/or Hyland's teething gel. Those both eased the pain a little for DD but mostly she liked to gnaw on my boob! OUCH! LOL
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Re: Teething...when is the EARLIEST it starts?

It's entirely possible! My brother cut his first tooth at only 3mo old, so he likely started teething as a newborn. However, it could also be gas, or other little baby issues..
Also, though it usually looks like the top teeth are coming in first, it's usually the bottom ones that actually break through first.
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Re: Teething...when is the EARLIEST it starts?

My DS cut his first two teeth at four months old... exactly one year ago whilst we were evacuating from the hurricane.

But yes, I guess its possible! My uncle was born with a tooth already in.

And I second the Hylands tablets!
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Re: Teething...when is the EARLIEST it starts?

They can teeth early. My DD got her bottom two teeth just a few days past 3 months-- top two days at 4 months on the dot. I half expected them at 8 weeks the way they bothered her.
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Re: Teething...when is the EARLIEST it starts?

my ds is doing the same thing. i was going to ask about it also, i don't know if i should give tylenol or not...i haven't yet...waiting to see if it actually is teething
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Re: Teething...when is the EARLIEST it starts?

Two things....

DS started teething at 7 weeks, and didn't get his first teeth until 4 months. He has always teethed 2-3 months before cutting each tooth.

Second, DS had swollen white spots in his mouth that I brought up to the pediatrician when he was in for his 3 month check-up. I thought he was getting in 6 teeth at once. I was told that they were calcium deposits under the gums, and would absorb over time. Aparently it is not uncommon. He was really only getting 4 teeth in. It's worth asking next time you're in to see the pedi.

HTH!!

Oh, and the hylands teething tabs are miracle workers!! (If you don't have a child who is milk product sensitive... LOL)
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