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Is my 3-month old teething already?

My son started sucking on his fists at 10-wks old. Another mom commented here that she thought her baby was also teething. Last night he woke up a bit fussy and very alert sucking on his thumb furiously. I rubbed some baby orajel on his gums cautiously believing he is still too young but went with my gut. Am I premature in my decision? Also, can I start giving him teething tablets? Thanks!!!

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Asked by PatricksMama07 at 6:10 PM on Jul. 13, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Probably I have two boys and they both started around 2-3 months. That doesn't mean they will have teeth anytime real soon though. It could be a few more months before they actually pop through, but yes they start feeling them very early.

    Answer by littleguys_rule at 6:16 PM on Jul. 13, 2009

  • Yes my daughter's almost 4 months and about a month ago she started with teething signs. Everytime the orajel works. She hates it but she really settles down after a few minutes too. I don't give it too often but sometimes it's just my last resort if I don't know what else to do anymore.
    Good luck!

    Answer by jmpeskie at 7:01 PM on Jul. 13, 2009

  • Sometimes hand sucking is just a self-soothing mechanism, or the baby trying to tell you that he/she is hungry. I'd be cautious using orajel on a baby so young, it can numb the gag reflex and cause them to choke.

    Answer by hooraywesay at 7:35 PM on Jul. 13, 2009

  • I could see my oldest's sons teeth under his gums when he was born and he also started teething at 3mths. Teething tablets have worked wonders for all mine, also a frozen wash cloth and when they get a little older and can have food frozen waffles or bagels work. The only thing with them teething that early is that you have to be extra carfull cleaning my son ended up with a lot of dental work because of them erupting early.

    Answer by yeaigot4ofem at 7:35 PM on Jul. 13, 2009

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