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Is baby teething?

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My daughter is now 4months old. All the time she has the hand in the mouth. Always is irritated and loud. Also has lots of saliva outside the mouth. I am wondering is she already teething? Is it not too early for the 4months old baby to get 1st tooth?
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Re: Is baby teething?

Sounds like it is starting, yes.
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Re: Is baby teething?

But it can go on for weeks like that before a tooth actually emerges. The teeth are moving up on the gums.
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Re: Is baby teething?

yep - sounds like teething.

but also, let her put her hands in her mouth - its part of the brain development.
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Re: Is baby teething?

And can I already Osa Gel apply on the gums?
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Re: Is baby teething?

In my opinion, and after 3 kids, I think all toothing gels are useless at best. They dissolve in a matter of seconds, and don't stay on the gums. Plus the FDA emitted a warning against those containing lidocaine, as apparently a few kids chocked to death after using it.

Offering something to chew on, like a toothing ring, is the best I think. And in severe cases, occasionally, a dose of Dafalgan is the only really useful solution.
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Re: Is baby teething?

In the 'mummy world' we call them the 'four month monsters'...teething or not, the sleeping goes bad, they get all cranky (although they can be amazingly cute for strangers on public transport)... and demanding, and busy, and noisy...

It really makes no difference to me whether or not they are actually 'teething' - it explains the behaviour and everyone says 'poor you'...

However, if they get a fever over 38 degrees C, best to chat to your Paediatrician. There are a few nasty colds, they are expecting the usual unfluenza outbreak, and there's definitely chicken pox around Zurich as well...
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In my opinion, and after 3 kids, I think all toothing gels are useless at best. They dissolve in a matter of seconds, and don't stay on the gums. Plus the FDA emitted a warning against those containing lidocaine, as apparently a few kids chocked to death after using it.

Offering something to chew on, like a toothing ring, is the best I think. And in severe cases, occasionally, a dose of Dafalgan is the only really useful solution.
totally agree about the gels etc.

ours all started teething early and had their first tooth within the first 3 months. all babies are different.
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Re: Is baby teething?

Yes! My daughter started at around 5 months (and didn't actually get a tooth for another month or so). We got through a lot of bibs, muslins and "cooled" teething rings in the fridge and freezer.


I have to say we did use some of the gels (on recommendation of GP) albeit sparingly. We used Calpol (UK version of paracetamol suspension for kids here - Defalgon?) when it was really bad - especially at night, again on recommendation of GP.


It's a bit of a slog I'm afraid and can affect everyone's sleep. Good luck with it.
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Re: Is baby teething?

My sister found camilia to be useful to calm the baby but was using it only for a couple of days when it was worst (the process lasted more than a month). the baby was less active and sleepy though

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o04_s03

babies can start teething anytime, including immediately after birth.
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Re: Is baby teething?

Chewing on the hand and plenty of saliva are a typical sign of teething. Her age is right there as well - the first tooth breaks out typically between month 4 to 7. Note that it can take a couple of months for the tooth to actually break out.


Teething gels are not recommended. According to the US FDA, the numbing agent in a number of gels designed to ease the pain of teething can be dangerous or even fatal to babies. Many gels contain benzocaine, which, according to the FDA, can cause a rare and potentially fatal condition called methemoglobinemia. Other gels contain lidocaine, which doesn't have the same concerns as those with benzocaine, but still has side effects - linked to muscle twitching, changes in vision, tingling, vomiting, low blood pressure and an irregular heart rate.


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So if it is dangerous to use teething gel why do they sell and dont say anything about side effects at the pharmacy?

And to go to the doctor because of the teething doesnt make sense also, they just will say that I must be patient and they will send me home.

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And to go to the doctor because of the teething doesnt make sense also, they just will say that I must be patient and they will send me home.




All medicines have side effects I guess - I personally have used the gels with my child (and would do so again) but I did consult my doctor first and used the one he recommended and never one intended for an adult.

And you never know, your doctor may have some suggestions to make. Are you sure it's teething? If not, a quick trip to the doctor may be a good idea. My doctor has always said that he would much rather see Little Rufus and it be nothing, than not see her and it be something.

In my opinion, the importance of peace of mind for a new parent cannot be over estimated.



A related (bear with me) symptom of teething can also be a much sorer bottom for baby - it was explained to me that its because of the increase in saliva, and its increasingly acidic makeup (?) then it can affect sensitive skin. It may be a good idea to stock up on/use a little more of your preferred barrier cream.

Best of luck.
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Re: Is baby teething?

Here's the thing with teething: once it starts, she will be doing it off and on for the next year or more. You will have plenty of time to try different remedies and see what works. And what works is very different for different children! Neither of mine have ever shown the slightest interest in having something cold to chew on, even though that's one of the standard tricks that seems to help a lot of other babies. And teething gel didn't help mine either (I think they probably drooled it all back out before it had a chance to work!) but I know other moms who swear by it.

Over the next few months you will get really good at recognizing the signs of teething - and in particular, you will start to have a pretty solid idea whether a fever is caused by illness or by teething.

But four months is still pretty little: if she gets a fever of any kind at this age I'd probably take her to the pediatrician just to be sure. If there's no fever, just grumpiness and drooling, then I probably would not take her - but you know your child best, and if something does not seem right to you then it's OK to get a doctor's opinion. That's what they're there for!


P.S. - you mentioned Osa Gel. This is an herbal remedy and does not contain either of the numbing agents (lidocaine or benzocaine) that joroianev's post warned against. Didn't work for my kids but maybe it will for yours - I suppose there's only one way to find out!
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So if it is dangerous to use teething gel why do they sell and dont say anything about side effects at the pharmacy?
Who says teething gels in general dangerous? Stop the hysteria please.
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Who says teething gels in general dangerous? Stop the hysteria please.
I would prefer the harmful. Many things we use are potentially harmful.

So are most of ready made baby diapers, non-organic clothes (e.g. cotton is one of the most pesticide intensive crops with many things of which a drop could kill a human, but how organic are really organic), canned foods (most contain bpa), not sure about Switzerland but in many countries vitamin-d for babies contains cancerogenous ingredients, etc.

The question is how much one wants to trade own comfort and money for healthier alternatives, e.g. teething gels did not exist centuries ago and the human race survived
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I would prefer the harmful. Many things we use are potentially harmful.

So are most of ready made baby diapers, non-organic clothes (e.g. cotton is one of the most pesticide intensive crops with many things of which a drop could kill a human, but how organic are really organic), canned foods (most contain bpa), not sure about Switzerland but in many countries vitamin-d for babies contains cancerogenous ingredients, etc.

The question is how much one wants to trade own comfort and money for healthier alternatives, e.g. teething gels did not exist centuries ago and the human race survived

I get your point but everything we do in life is potentially harmful if you ask me. I really get annoyed when people go ballistic over something like a teething gel.
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I get your point but everything we do in life is potentially harmful if you ask me. I really get annoyed when people go ballistic over something like a teething gel.
Actually it's the lidocaine contained in SOME teething gel that is potentially dangerous, as babies don't have the same gagging reflexes than adults. Plus the law isn't always clear on the amount of lidocaine tolerated.

Personally I never understood the point of using gel in a baby's mouth who will drool it out in a matter of seconds, but hey, each to their own
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