J.A. asks from Newbury Park, CA on October 26, 2008
Black and Blue Gums
I was playing with my 13 month old the other day and I noticed that there is a part of her upper gum line that is black and blue and a little swollen. Has anyone ever seen this before in your kids? Does that sometimes happen when a tooth is coming in? She has been a little fussy and not eating as much as she normally does lately. Just wondering if anyone has any feedback about what this might be. Thanks in advance.
S.R. answers from Los Angeles on October 27, 2008
Completely normal sign of teething! I'd guess that you'll see a tooth in place of the bruise in a few days.
T.M. answers from Los Angeles on October 29, 2008
take her to the doctors just to make sure, I have never seen teething do this, sounds like she feels somewhere,
L.L. answers from Los Angeles on October 27, 2008
I haven't encounterd that with my kids but I surely would suggest you take her to a Pediatric Dentist to have them check it out.
A.S. answers from Los Angeles on October 27, 2008
go to the hospital asap or call 1800 dentist for an emergency pediatric specialist.
A.C. answers from San Diego on October 27, 2008
i had this happen to my son.. He was getting a molar in and the dentist told me it was normal. the tooth comes in a sac and the sac usually ruptures as it breaks the surface of the gum but not always, the sac has a little blood in it and once it is punctured by your child eating it will look like a tooth breaking the surface if your still uneasy call a pediatric dentist and ask to be seen that day they usually accomidated you .. A doctor will just be a waist of time ,ore likely because they deal with illness were the dentist speciallizes in the mouth..
J.W. answers from Los Angeles on October 27, 2008
Hi J. :)
Perhaps your little one fell while you weren't aware of it or jammed something in her mouth? I've never heard of gums bruising during teething; only swelling. I would find a good pediatric dentist and tell them about it. I have one in San Clemente,CA if you are interested.
L.V. answers from Los Angeles on October 27, 2008
that happened to my son, and his gums were black and blue for a long time before an actual tooth poked through.
M.A. answers from Los Angeles on October 27, 2008
This happened to my son once but it was because he hit our granite counter top very hard after the stool he was on slipped from under him. Your child may have hit their mouth or it very well could be a new tooth. Unless you have never noticed with any other teeth that have come in, it should go away pretty soon. Don't worry too much about the eating, unless she starts dropping weight. Just give her soft stuff until the gums have healed. I hope this helps. M.
J.D. answers from Reno on October 27, 2008
Does she have a tooth there already? My daughter fell and hit her tooth (it actually went back up into her gumline) and the gums around the area were very swollen and bruised for a while. The tooth grew back to it's normal position after a while.
If she doesn't have a tooth there already, maybe you should call your doctor to see if it's normal. Good luck.