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How do you know?

This may be a dumb question, but this is my first baby. How do you know when your baby is about to teeth or is teething? My son is 5 months so I am sure its bound to happen soon. My grandma keeps telling me to feel his gums to see if they are swollen but how can you tell?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:21 AM on Jun. 4, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • he'll slobber alot and probably cry or whine alot and chew on his toy alot. buy orejel and tylenol.

    Answer by NicMorgan at 12:24 AM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • Yup, that. They slobber and mouth everything (more so than now). You can put a wet washcloth in the freezer, or get one of those mesh feeders and put an ice cube in it, or buy a teething toy and freeze it. Infant's Tylenol will help, as will teething tablets.

    However, I strongly urge you to stay away from the baby orajel, that stuff is really harsh and babies don't know not to swallow it. I bought some for DD once and tried it on myself and nearly choked on it it was so harsh.

    Also, some babies get diarrhea with teething, refuse the bottle/breast, sleep worse, ect. So be prepared and patient :)

    I've never noticed swollen gum but I'm sure it's possible.

    Answer by Arkaidy at 12:30 AM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • If he's teething you can put your finger in his mouth & feel his gums. You will be able to feel hard bumps if he's teething. and he will drool alot, whine, etc. Good luck. I've had 3. I feel your pain with that.:)

    Answer by mommyof302 at 12:45 AM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • I could see it coming in. They are little red bumps (one for each tooth). My daughter got a rash and diareah before her tooth came in. This is my first and she's seven months and her top 2 teeth just broke in.

    Answer by tbear2008 at 1:29 AM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • My son was about 8 to 9 months old by the time his 1st tooth appeared. Sometimes teething babies will have fevers too.

    Answer by lmsar at 1:55 AM on Jun. 4, 2009

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