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4 Month Old Teething

Hello,
My four Month old daughter seems to be teething, all she wants to do is bite on everything and is very fussy. How can I tell if she is teething isn't she too young, and what can I do if she is to help sooth her discomfort.
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H.

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no she isn't too young to start teeting. my son started teething at 12wks!!! yep that's right 3mos. he cut his first two teeth at 4.5mos. every baby is different.

i used Hyland's Teething Tablets, they are homeopathic and work well. they have no side effects. when he was teething badly i would use the teething tablets in conjunction with tylenol or motrin. you can also get some teething rings you can freeze. first years puts out a rattle shaped in a star, when the baby bites on a tip of the star it vibrates, thus massaging their gums.

one more thing ORAJEL is very temporary relief, maybe 20-30mins. it is also known for toughening the baby's gums, that results in making the teething process LONGER!!!

good luck!

Hi,
My son started doing that at 3 months and he didn't get his first tooth until close to 7 months. I think it must just feel good. You will know by the amount of drool. It increases A LOT. She might get moodier too, depends on the child though. If she is in discomfort she will let you know. I used tylenol to help at night. That was when it seemed it's worst. Good luck!

I think every baby is different and the "teething" process can also take months before you see an actual tooth. At least that's what they told me. I have that my son started teething at 5 months and then I don't have a sticker for his first tooth until 7 months! At that age, I gave him just a cold damp washcloth to chew on. He, however wasn't picky, he would chew on just about anything I stuck in his mouth. He also liked the "star" shaped teething ring by The First Years, that vibrates when they bite down on the corner. Good Luck! It's a process that just takes time, keep the bibs coming for the drool!
G.

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All of my children were different in when they started teething and what they preferred to teeth on. When my son was teething, I used a clean baby washcloth filled with finely crushed ice safely tied up. He would chew on the washcloth and the ice numbed the pain.

Hi H.!

I have a 4 month old son! 4 months old is so much fun isn't it!?

Anyway...our son has just started teething. We give him lots of teething toys that we keep in the fridge and when he's really cranky from the pain we've given him baby tylenol (check with your ped. first).

We live in the Stroudsburg area and I'm a new SAHM. Married to Doug and we have 6 dogs and 4 tortoise!

All kids are different. My daughter started teething very young. She had all of her teeth by the time she was 1. I found two different things that helped her out. One of them was a "gummy" star it had differnt bumps and grooves on it and when they bit down on it, it would vibrate. I also used the cold teethers with her.

First off, she isn't to young to be teething, my daughter started to teeth that early with no sign of teeth until 6 months.

With both of my kids I used Orajel and sometimes Tylenol if the pain was to much. I let them both chew on everything that wouldn't be damaged by the biting and saliva. If you buy one of the teething rings that you put in the fridge that should help too

If you have tried the teething ring you could always go the cheap route and get a wash cloth and make it wet and put it in the freezer for a few minutes, not frozen though.

Good Luck with the teething, I know what it's like

no she isn't too young to start teeting. my son started teething at 12wks!!! yep that's right 3mos. he cut his first two teeth at 4.5mos. every baby is different.

i used Hyland's Teething Tablets, they are homeopathic and work well. they have no side effects. when he was teething badly i would use the teething tablets in conjunction with tylenol or motrin. you can also get some teething rings you can freeze. first years puts out a rattle shaped in a star, when the baby bites on a tip of the star it vibrates, thus massaging their gums.

one more thing ORAJEL is very temporary relief, maybe 20-30mins. it is also known for toughening the baby's gums, that results in making the teething process LONGER!!!

good luck!

She's definitely not too young to be teething. I think teeth can start coming in as early as 3 months. I would get baby orajel and put that on a few times a day, also get teething rings. If she's really fussy you can give tylenol. Good luck!

H. my sons doctor said that the bottom teeth are less painful but in the 2 weeks morgan has sleep 4 nights in my bed with me and my husband b/c of teething ( i said that would not happen - had a friend loss a baby from sids they said it was from sharing a bed). I have used teething rings and washrags and oralgel and almost everything. I called the doctor and asked what to do b/c he would wake up screaming and in pain she said to get a large carrot and peel it cut off the small end and let him rub it on his gums. I tryed it and it was to hard for him. cealery seems to work well and it wont break off it just shreds and he gets to try a new flavor. the baby meds help with sleep and it gets better once it comes in. Now the one next to it is coming in. I also found that he likes to chew on my pillow it is one of the ones filled with foam balls.. we check to make sure he isnt riping it but it seems to keep him calm so i bought him one and he only has it when someone is watching him. Good luck!

Hi H.,
Your daughter is probably starting to teethe. My son started around 4 1/2 months and cut his first two teeth at 6 months. To ease her pain, I highly suggest Hyland brand teething tablets. You can find them at most drugstores. They are a homeopathic remedy that lots of moms swear by, and you can safely combine them with Tylenol or Motrin. best of luck to you!

Hi,
My son started doing that at 3 months and he didn't get his first tooth until close to 7 months. I think it must just feel good. You will know by the amount of drool. It increases A LOT. She might get moodier too, depends on the child though. If she is in discomfort she will let you know. I used tylenol to help at night. That was when it seemed it's worst. Good luck!

It's not too young for her to start the teething process. You may not see a tooth for several months, but it takes time for them to work their way up through the gums. Encourage her to chew. You will find what she likes best. They sell all kinds of products specifically for teething, but that may not be what your daughter wants. My son, for instance, wouldn't use the fluid filled teethers that you make cold. I honestly think just because they made his hands cold. I would put an inch or so of water in a bottle, turn in upside down so the water was in the nipple and freeze it. He loved it. Now that he has a few teeth, he's not so interested in that anymore, but will chew on the wooden piece to one of his toys. It makes him happy, so I'm ok with it. Good luck!

Hello H..My son started teething at 2 months old and my doctor said that it is normal when I was a baby i had my bottom teeth by the time I was 4 months old. I bought these teething tablets they disolve in the babies mouth and they cant choke on them and it really helped. They are all natural and you can buy them at any store that had baby stuff. Also try the nighttime oragel it also helped with teething at night time. I hope it works.

fell her gumes if the are hard then she is teething

No, she's not too young to be teething. It could be a while before her teeth actually pop through the gums or it could be tomorrow - it's different for different kids. I mentioned to my ped that I thought my daughter was teething at her 4 month check on her 4 month birthday. She said she was probably in the very early stages and that they usually do the chewing on things, drooling and get fussy for a while before teeth actually come through the gums. The following morning the first tooth was through the gums!! And the next morning it's partner was through as well!! The thing that seemed to indicate that teeth were close to popping through was feeling her gums - I could usually feel really hard ridges and the gums would get kind of white from the pressure of the tooth below. My daughter was pretty easy with teething and her teeth seemed to pop out without too much difficulty. I have a neice that seemed to teeth forever before her teeth ever made their appearance - it's really just different for different kids and my dentist said it's not really indicative of anything. He offered a general guideline for # of teeth - age in months - 6 = # of teeth, but teeth tend to come in pairs so if you notice 1 tooth pop out, there is a good chance it's pair will follow not far behind. About 6 months is average for the first tooth to appear.

It does sound like your little girl's teething process is beginning. Chewing/biting on various textured teethers can be helpful. Some have gel inside and can be refidgerated to help sooth with coolness. Don't put them in the freezer because that would be too cold for her skin. I found it helpful to offer different textures and shapes and let mine figure out what felt best at different times. Have you started foods yet? I waited until 6 months, but you can also try frozen bagels or give a sippy cup with cool liquid (even water is interesting if it's cool and in a new container - I always began this process when I started food) to feel good on the sore gums. A cool damp wash cloth (clean of course) is also nice for chewing. Sometimes offering counter pressure by rubbing the area where she is teeth with firm pressure can help numb the area. Usually they get the bottom front teeth first and top ones second. Orajel on the gums can also help numb them a bit, but it doesn't last too long. It can be helpful during the daytime or right as they are falling asleep. If sleeping is a problem, try a dose of tylonol at bedtime. I don't like medicating unless necessary, but sleep is important and I will give it then if discomfort is interupting sleep. It will have a longer lasting affect and help her to not wake up from pain.

H., believe it or not she is teething. My little one started just as early. I didn't want to use orajel, right away so I started on teething pills. I found them at my local drug store. They dissolved in his mouth, and they don't have any harmful drugs or side effect, they are totally natural. The good thing was they dissolved in his mounth so I didn't have to worry about him choking. I also would take a wash cloth . Wet half of it, freeze it(about 20-30 mins). Then hand it to baby (dry part) and allow her to gum the frozen part. Becuase your baby was an early teether like mine, be sure to wash her gums everynight with your fingertip and plain water on a washcloth. This will prevent her from having tooth decay. Another thing you have to be carefully about when they teeth so early. I hope this was useful. K..

Hello, yes your four month old could be teething. My son will turn 4 mos on jan 29 and already has two bottom front teeth. one came in at about 3 1/2 mos and the other a week after. I got those teething toys you can put in the freezer and also used baby orajel and tylenol for the pain and his fever. Good luck.

Hey H.! My four month old is teething as well. She actually has a little tooth poking through on the top left of her mouth. I tried the teething rings but they tend to be on the big side so I have found that using cold clean wash rags and letting her suck on them helps. Also she likes to chomp on her spoon so I put them in the freezer and let the rubber part get cold then give them to her. I have also tried using Camillia drops which are a homeopathic liquid that reduces pain and fussiness. www.luckvitamin.com is where i got them. Good Luck!

Hey H....
it is so horrible isn't it?? Oh I just hate it, I just feel so bad for him, and I can't do anything!!! my son is now almost 11 months and has been teething since two months old, he started early, but only has one tooth! They are all starting to FINALLY come in though...four months old is NOT too young! Don't worry about that. I have bought every teething device known to man, all to no avail, but the Vibrating Star (cost: 12.99, I got it at Rite Aid) worked pretty good as he got a little older and could hold on and bite down harder....also childrens oragel(which my son got a tummy ache and spit up from at first so we could not use it for him, but most babies take to it well although they HATE the taste!)is helpful and frozen teething rings, also baby tylenol and baby motrin(the motrin you shouldn't use until your daughter is at least six months old tho)....I wish I could tell you that it will stop soon and don't worry, but I feel like it lasts FOREVER and you WILL worry anyway. It is just one of the "phases" they have to go thru, I wish I could do it for him, don't you?? Good luck and god bless you and your family.
~~S.
phila, pa mommy of the best little 11 month old boy on earth!

I think every baby is different and the "teething" process can also take months before you see an actual tooth. At least that's what they told me. I have that my son started teething at 5 months and then I don't have a sticker for his first tooth until 7 months! At that age, I gave him just a cold damp washcloth to chew on. He, however wasn't picky, he would chew on just about anything I stuck in his mouth. He also liked the "star" shaped teething ring by The First Years, that vibrates when they bite down on the corner. Good Luck! It's a process that just takes time, keep the bibs coming for the drool!
G.

Hi, It is never to early for Babies to start Teething, some Babies are born with teeth. When ever My Kids are Teething I give them some PAIN RELIEVER w/ FEVER REDUCER to help. When Teething there is also a Fever that follows- along with Sore Ears. If Your Daughter feels warm to you - check Her temperture, and if You notice Her rubbing Her ears, I would have her Pediatrician or ER check for an Ear Infection due to Teething. I also, if You haven't started yet to get some INFANT TOOTH & GUMS CLEANSER by: Gerber Grins & Giggles, and Teething Tablets or Tylonol pain reliever w/ fever reducer to help Sooth Her. Also With Your Love n support, She will be FINE!!! Hope I could help You... also ask the Doctor what HE/SHE thinks but the CHOICE is really YOURS with whatever YOU feel COMFORTABLE WITH to GIVE HER, is important!!! GOD BLESS, A.

Hello! My son seemed to begin teething around 2 months and didn't get teeth until he was 6 months old. He slobbered for the entire time, was fussy, etc.
Hope this helps.
J. in Round Hill

HI MY NAME IS A. I AM 24 YEARS OLD MARRIED TO MY SWEETHEART AND BEST FRIEND AND WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL BABY BOY AND EXSPECTING OUR DAUGHTER IN MARCH 1ST I HAVE TO HAVE A CE-SECTION SO I NO WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH ABOUT THE TEETHING MY SON IS 1 YEARS OLD AND HE STARTED CUTTING HIS 2 TEETH UP TOP WHEN HE WAS 4 MONTHS WHAT WE DID WAS PUT ADULT AMBASOLE ON HIS GUMS AND CHILDRENS MOTRION AND ALL IT WORKS HE NOW HAS 4 TEETH UP TOP AND FOR TEETH DOWN ON THE BOTTOM AND WE HAVE BEEN SLEEP AND SO HAS HE BECAUSE WE GIVE AS NEED AMBASOLE AND MOTRION AND HE IS COMFORTABLE AND SO ARE WE BECAUSE HE IS NOT CRYING AND CHEWING ON EVERYTHING IN SIGHT.
I MEAN IT IS WORTH TRYING LET ME NO HOW IT WORKS OUT BY THE WAY I AM ALSO A STAY AT HOME MOM AND LOVE EVERY MIN OF IT.
I LIVE IN ELKTON,MARYLAND THOUGH AND MY HUSBAND IS A MARINE.
WELL GOOD LUCK AND I WISH YOU THE BEST

TAKE CARE
A. R

My daughter did the same thing when she was 4 months old and the doctor said she may be teething. Her bottom teeth finally emerged at 6 or 7 months. But she was chewing on everything she could find and drooling like crazy. There really is no way of telling if it is teething but the best thing to do is give her stuff to chew on that is soft and chewy. Those gel rings that you can put in the fridge are good (if she IS teething this will help numb her gums). Also, just let her gnaw on your finger a bit. Some time you can "feel" the teeth buds in her gums (they are a bit harder than the gums themselves). Now, once those teeth come in, let me recommend you NOT putting your finger in her mouth...it sort of hurts. :-) But, give her anything chewy to gnaw on...just be careful it's nothing that will come apart and swallow. I hope this helps you out. Good Luck!

H.,

My daughter started teething around 4 months, too. The doctor basically said a baby can get their first baby teeth anytime that 1st year. I found the homeopathic teething tablets work. You can find them near the Orajel (I think). Also, I did give her a little baby Tylenol when she was really in pain.

Hope that helps,
T.

my son's 2 bottom teeth popped thru on the day he turned 4 months! hes now 6 months, i think he's starting to teeth agn!

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