My 2 month old baby is chewing on his hands. Is he teething?

Arrelicious - posted on 01/21/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I tried a teething ring but he doesn't like it. He gets frustrated at his teddy bears when he can't eat on them like he wants. If my 2 month old baby is in a good position while chewing on his hands and I move him he gets extremely upset!!!!!!

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Kim - posted on 09/07/2011

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I checked the other replies but what I was told was that he's looking for something to soothe himself and a teething ring is not a soother and at the same time he's also learning little bits about himself like taste, texture, how to move his hands and mouth and so on. If he didn't do this he'd probably have a hard time finding out these little things, it can also be a sign of hunger and there is no harm in a baby sucking their thumb however an older baby or a toddler should not suck their thumb as that's when the problems start, a newborn is not going to hurt his developing teeth and that's one reason that back a few years ago we didn't use a lot of soothers (suckies, passifyers, nunus, and so on) or the hand mittens. It's natures way of providing that soother when a breastfed baby needed comfort. I hope that this helps it sure made a lot of difference in the items I choose for my babies. And they were happy and healthy! And they have great teeth!

Kerri - posted on 02/05/2010

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My son was and is the same way. While it could def be early teething, I wouldnt expect to see any pearly whites soon. Babies love to put everything in there mouths because its the best way to discover things..lol. My son is 5 months now and at around 2months he found his hands and ever since they have been in his mouth ( now both at the same time..lol) I tried teethers and such and he hated them. Just let him suck away.. they all grow out of it at some point..

Katt - posted on 02/07/2010

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He could be....My daughter started teething at about 2 1/2 months, mainly drooling and pretty cranky, got her first tooth at 5 months. When they do that it usually means they're hungry...at least my daughter always did that when she was hungry....he could just like his hands and could be a comfort thing.

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Kari - posted on 01/31/2010

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I don't think its likely that he's teething. Most babies don't start getting their first tooth until about 6 months. A lot of babies have a really strong suck reflex. It could mean he's hungry but most of the time its just something they do for soothing purposes. He is probably too young for a teething ring. My baby is 2 months and can't grasp a toy..only my finger. Do you give him a pacifier? Mine loves his paci. When he puts his hand in his mouth I take it out and give the bink to him and he's fine. Hope this helps =)

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Jade - posted on 10/31/2011

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my daughter had been doin that sence she was 1 month old shes now 2 months old n has got 2 teeth already i didnt think that was normail lol but health visitor says some babies do it earlia than others n my little boy didnt start till he was bout 6 months old think my daughter is an early devevloper lol x

Mastoora - posted on 08/19/2010

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Try feeling his gums...if it's hard and a little white, it's probably teething. If it's not, then he might just like to suck on his fingers, just don't let him suck his thump cuz it'll cause problems when the teeth start coming up.

Tiffany - posted on 02/08/2010

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My son is 6 weeks and he is always sucking on his hands. He refuses a pacifier and will not take a bottle. I beleive it is self soothing.

Sherre - posted on 02/07/2010

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Babies can actually teeth for a really long time before they get any teeth. Drooling is a sure sign but like another mother said, it might be that your baby is just hungry. My son got his first two bottom teeth at 5mos so it all depends.

Regina - posted on 01/31/2010

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babies have a natural suclin reflex they will put anythinin thier mouth dont worry the teethin wont happen for few more mnths

Ashley - posted on 01/22/2010

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because your 2 month old baby is chewing on his hands doesn't always mean they are teething. my 6 month old has been chewing on his hands since he discovered them and he still does. he's been chewing on things since he was 2 months. he just recently started drooling a lot and chewing on his tongue and very cranky so now i'm pretty sure he may be starting to teeth. and like holly said too their teeth may not come in til later. my oldest started teething at 4 months and didn't get teeth til about 8 months

Holly - posted on 01/21/2010

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My boy is 4 months old and I think he is teething as well. Drooling all the time, everything goes in his mouth. I really didn't want him to suck his thumbs as a personal choice because to me it is sooo much easier to throw away a pacifier than getting rid of a thumb - but he is not sucking on his fingers or thumbs he is actually chewing them.

You can hold a teething for him or let him use his hands for now until he can start picking things up. Also there are pacifiers out there "Nubby" that you can buy and they have little bump on it for teething.

Also babies can start teething very young but the teeth may not come in until later!

Tarah - posted on 01/21/2010

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my son has just started eating his hands but i think its because he is just starting to discover that he can control them i checked his gums and there is no sign of teeth he is 2 months

Terri - posted on 01/21/2010

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It really deos sound like he's teething. Thats how my daughter started, also it could be him showing you he's hungry. They say when the baby keeps putting there fist in their mouth its usually a sign of hunger.

Brandi - posted on 01/21/2010

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At two months a teething ring will be useless as he probably can't really hold on to it yet if he is teething, which is possible, but not likely. More likely is that your 2 month old baby is chewing on his hands because he is exploring his environment (which babies often do through feel in their mouth, taste, texture, that sort of thing) He is a little young to really be picking many things up or anything, so he puts whatever he CAN grasp into his mouth to learn about it. It's really VERY normal for a child this age to put EVERYTHING in his mouth (and as soon as he finds his feet, they'll be in there too). He's probably just exploring his little universe. He could be teething however, my daughter got teeth when she was under 3 mos old. (there isn't much you can do for it unfortunately, though. the teething gels and things are not very helpful as they slobber sooooo much that the gels just wash off their gums. They don't hold things well, so teething rings and stuff dont work well. ON THE UPSIDE, though, the discomfort of teething doesn't seem to last as long when the teeth come in really young like that and the first few months are such a whirlwind anyway, that the teething frustrations just get all lumped into the reg. newborn frustrations, so in a few years when you look back on your child getting teeth, you'll think "it wasn't so bad, went really fast. Good luck.

Jodie - posted on 01/21/2010

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he could be teething my daughter is teething has been since she was 2 months and she has chewed on her hands since birth but if hes chewing on everything its good sign cos thats how they learn, by putting everything in their mouths! we have a problem with our daughter doing that cos she trys to eat out cats lol! x

Ashley - posted on 01/22/2010

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because your 2 month old baby is chewing on his hands doesn't always mean they are teething. my 6 month old has been chewing on his hands since he discovered them and he still does. he's been chewing on things since he was 2 months. he just recently started drooling a lot and chewing on his tongue and very cranky so now i'm pretty sure he may be starting to teeth. and like holly said too their teeth may not come in til later. my oldest started teething at 4 months and didn't get teeth til about 8 months

Brandi - posted on 01/21/2010

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At two months a teething ring will be useless as he probably can't really hold on to it yet if he is teething, which is possible, but not likely. More likely is that your 2 month old baby is chewing on his hands because he is exploring his environment (which babies often do through feel in their mouth, taste, texture, that sort of thing) He is a little young to really be picking many things up or anything, so he puts whatever he CAN grasp into his mouth to learn about it. It's really VERY normal for a child this age to put EVERYTHING in his mouth (and as soon as he finds his feet, they'll be in there too). He's probably just exploring his little universe. He could be teething however, my daughter got teeth when she was under 3 mos old. (there isn't much you can do for it unfortunately, though. the teething gels and things are not very helpful as they slobber sooooo much that the gels just wash off their gums. They don't hold things well, so teething rings and stuff dont work well. ON THE UPSIDE, though, the discomfort of teething doesn't seem to last as long when the teeth come in really young like that and the first few months are such a whirlwind anyway, that the teething frustrations just get all lumped into the reg. newborn frustrations, so in a few years when you look back on your child getting teeth, you'll think "it wasn't so bad, went really fast. Good luck.

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