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How can I tell if my 4 month old daughter is teething or not?

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Asked by Alicia906 at 4:30 PM on Nov. 20, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Lots of drool, lots of chewing on her hands, sucking on her fingers, chewing on anything that goes into her mouth. Some kids run a slight fever - yes, teething can cause a slight fever despite what some sources will tell you - its a perfectly natural side-effect of the inflamation in the gums. Some kids will get a runny nose - again, a perfectly natural side-effect from all the irritation in that area... the mouth and sinus cavaties are VERY close to each other.


    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:37 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Use teething tablets to calm her down and ease her distress.
    Use pain meds for the pain.
    Skip orajel. It only lasts a 10minutes or so. If your child usually falls asleep quickly and easily (lucky you!) it can be helpful when used moments before you put her in bed.
    Get a wide variety of teething toys - hard, soft, wood, cloth, rubber, vibrating, cold.
    Remember that teeth can come in just about any order. The "normal" order only works for about 50-60% of kids. Any order is fine.
    Start brushing with that first tooth or even now. You don't need baby toothpaste, water will do. If you use baby toothpaste, make sure it does NOT have flouride.
    You'll survive. So will she. She'll probably be done by the time she's 3.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:37 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • well im in your boat. my daughter started drooling a lot and chewing on her bink and toys around a month ago. shes 5 months now and started getting really fussy and irritable so im assuming now she is def teething. if theres excessive drool and shes chewing its safe to say the teething process has started! good luck

    Answer by Kennadismom at 4:38 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • chewing on fingers or everything else like crazy, drooling, fussy. only some babies run low fever with diahrrea.

    Answer by momofpurebliss at 4:39 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Well, my son didn't drool or chew on anything - although he had terrible colic so it was hard to tell, but my son just cried and will not take anything - he will literally throw it before sticking anything in his mouth - he has 8 teeth now and JUST started drooling but it's not bad where it even gets on his clothes.. just his chin - anyway - I hope your lil one has normal signs!

    Answer by maxsmom11807 at 5:45 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • When my baby girl is teething, she is impossibly stubborn about naps, she has diarrhea, drools a ton, she cries differently as well... Its kind of like a pissed off cry, where I can tell shes okay, just mad. She has been teething since 2 1/2 months, 6 months old now, and still no teeth. Good luck... Teething tablets and tylenol ROCK!

    Answer by LovinMyMikayla at 7:04 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

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