Post # 1
My little girl is just over 3 months but she’s been chomping, not sucking, on her fingers. If I give her one of my fingers she chomps hard and is ok for a bit chomping but then yells in discomfort. Shes not very good with toys yet so she doesnt do well chomping on them yet. She will take a pacifier occassionally but seems to be yelling about it now. She doesnt have a fever and I cant feel a tooth poking through but her mouth just seems uncomfy. Baby tylenol?
Post # 3
I don’t have any advice but just wanted to say we’re dealing with the same thing! Baby J is 14 weeks and if she’s not hungry (when she sucks on her fingers) she’s almost constatnly chewing on her hand and she drools a ton. I’ve been wondering how to know if it’s teething. Maybe it’s a normal 3 month-ish thing… or we have babies who are getting teeth early!
Hope your little one’s discomfort passes quickly!
Post # 4
My son just turned 4 months and his bottom two teeth are already through. He started teething and drooling like mad a little bit before 3 months. I’d definitely give a little bit of tylenol if she’s having a lot of pain, my doctor said they don’t really recommend orajel anymore because it can cause gasping syndrome from the alcohol but we used it before he told us that and it seemed to help a little bit. We also froze some wet wash clothes and let him suck on those. I’ve also read about massaging the gums every so often to help with the pain. Good luck!
Post # 5
Stick a little wet rag in the freezer! they are easier to hold and chew on than a teething ring and from what I’ve found with my own and a few girls in our home.. babies like them better!
I would say that as long as she isn’t crying in discomfort and is still eating, and no fever that I personally would hold off the tylenol… but if she does seem uncomfortable then it can’t hurt =)
Post # 6
I am convinced babies are technically ALWAYS teething. The difference is chronic versus actue teething. Chronic teething would be what you are describing but actue teething is when the teeth are actually breaking through the gums. Technically babies teeth are always moving (at least from what I’ve read) and I kinda believe it. Kayla started doing what you are saying before ever 2 months old…chewing on EVERYTHING…like hard core gumming things and lots of drool. Kayla got her first two bottom teeth at around 5.5 months. I don’t think there is any indication of a timeline between the behavior your LO is exhibiting and when they actually get teeth. Unfortunately I’ve been of no help! 🙂
But she probably is teething. I could actually see a little white dot on Kayla’s gums about 1-2 weeks before her first tooth broke though. Tylenol helps a little bit. My husband swears by these Teething Tablets (Hylands I think). Kayla was never interested in anything cold on her gums either, so basically teething sucks and babies are crazy! 🙂
Post # 7
I always thought they had baby orajel which was alcohol free
Post # 8
My 4 month old has been exhibiting this behavior for at least 2 months now. We just found a really awesome Tommy Tippee Chewther. It is like a pacifier and chew toy all in one. They have different levels. You can get them at Babies R Us. He loves it and he hasn’t been to fond of many other chew toys. It is good for them to do this because it means they are getting ready to eat solids. As long as she isn’t fussy I wouldn’t worry about it. If it gets to look like it is hurting her then do something. So far we haven’t done anything except let him chew.
Post # 9
I 2nd the wet rag in the freezer!
Post # 10
Thanks for the advice, I’ll have to try some of that stuff out.
She was chomping and yelling yesterday so I gave her a half dose of baby tylenol and she had a much more pleasant evening.
Today is going much smoother so far, back to being my happy baby and still gnawing and chomping but she doesn’t seem as bothered by it today.
Post # 11
I 3rd the rag idea. Long before DS was interested in toys or really capable of using them as chew toys, he loved gumming his burp cloths or other rags, especially if they were wet and/or cold.
Post # 12
wet rag in the freezer <– works like a CHARM!!!
Also, is she drooling a lot? If she is, then she’s probably teething.
My son was chewing from day 1 (seriously, you had to hold his chin and help him suck until he figured out how TO suck… thank the gods I didn’t breast feed! OUCH!!!). He gummed a hole in his pacifier at a month old from his chewing. And all the pediatricians said he was teething EARLY. (For the record, he got his teeth in early, too!)
The frozen rag is great. It’s safe and helps keep them happy.
Post # 13
@Zinzerena: She’s drooling like crazy but has been for a couple weeks.
Does pain from teething come and go because shes back to her normal self today?
Post # 14
@troubled: yup! My son RARELY got cranky, but when he did, we used baby orajel and baby tylenol. Some babies, though, stay cranky all the way through it, though. It just depends on the baby.
If she’s drooling, then she’s starting to cut teeth. (That’s what our peds said about our kids, anyway… and our kids proved them right!)
Post # 15
when my son was teething ..we gave him a baby tooth brush ..with a handle.. sometimes we even threw it in the freezer first. he LOVED IT.
Post # 16