Grinding her teeth

Melissa - posted on 12/07/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Does anyone's baby do this? My little girl just got one of her top teeth and has started grinding her teeth together, it really worries me...is it normal?

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Natalie - posted on 12/16/2009

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You are not alone! Mine does it here and there and it drives daddy crazy! When I touch her mouth and tell her no, I don't think she understands why I'm doing it. I sure hope its just a stage!!! She has 4 teeth on top and 3 on bottom...

Leslie - posted on 12/08/2009

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Yes, our baby boy does the same and it makes me just cringe (like fingernails on a chalkboard). I think he is discovering his upper and lower teeth. He has 4 on top and 2 on bottom. We immediately give him his pacifer or a teether ring. I don't think it's a good habbit.

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Jess - posted on 12/16/2009

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yeah my daughter used to do it......its normally just a phase they grow through----it just means that she has discovered something new about her body and likes the sound--even though you probably dont!!! i gave Amanda a milk arrowroot biccie whenever she did it---figuring she would grind/eat her biccie and forget about grinding her teeth....and it worked....till she started doing it again a couple weeks later.......but then gave her a biccie when she did it and she hasnt grinded them in awhile now....might be worth a try--and the fact those biscuits are like a dollar a packet helped too lol she loves them and goes through sooo many lol......

Megan - posted on 12/15/2009

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My daughter also does that.. she has 2 on top and 4 on the bottom.. haha but yeah the sound is horrible.. it is normal though - I just give her a pacifier or some cereal to snack on.. and she seems to stop

Stacy - posted on 12/15/2009

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oh my both kids do this, it is habitual cause my older son is not even aware he is doing it at times, drives me crazy, i'm trying to stop the lil one from doing it though with not much success.

Jayme - posted on 12/15/2009

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My daughter did it for the first time the other day. My sister in law told me her kids did it too.

Sophia - posted on 12/15/2009

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My son also does it. He's got 8 teeth and 4 more on the way. I can't stand the sound of it either, but there's nothing I can do. Our older son who is 4 still does it at night. I was told we will most likely have to get him a night guard when he is older and has permanent teeth. It's apparently hereditary???

Jennifer - posted on 12/14/2009

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My daughter who is 10 months just started doing this and my husband and I both say she sounds like crickets chirping. It makes my skin crawl but it helps to grind the little bumpies off the top (the part that helps the teefers come throught the gums) and make them smooth pretty chompers...like ours!

Ashley - posted on 12/14/2009

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My son has 8 teeth now, but when he first got his 2 on top & 2 on bottom, he used to do this. It's just something new and they're experimenting with it...I dnt think there is any need to worry, once she gets used to those new teefers she'll quit. :0)

Lisa - posted on 12/14/2009

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Both my kids started doing it as soon as they got teeth. Once my son had all including his molars I don't remember him grinding them anymore. Its a new feeling and they are just checking it out. I do think it makes their gums feel a little better too :)

Meagan - posted on 12/13/2009

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Hi there
My son Matthew 11 months has also started grinding his teeth and found that if he munches on a stick of biltong he doesn't do it anymore. A gooey mouth is better than the screeching sound.

Jesica - posted on 12/13/2009

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my son also does this it is usually something that goes away all 4 of my kids did it

Stephanie - posted on 12/13/2009

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I think it is called bruxism, and at this age is totally harmless from what I have read. My son does it a lot when he is teething. Supposedly, as I said before, should be harmless, and doesn't mean that they will grind their teeth for the rest of their life.

Rebecca - posted on 12/13/2009

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yes my son has two top and bottom teeth, yesterday i noticed him doing it, not nice.

Leonna - posted on 12/13/2009

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My daughter just started this a few days ago. I am not sure why she does it though because she has had top and bottome teeth for a couple of months now. I talked to my mom about it and she told me there is nothing we can do about it. All I can suggest is trying to give her some teething rings or toys to chew on. That may/may not break her of the habit but, its deffinitely woth the try.

Danielle - posted on 12/13/2009

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yes my son does this aswell... hes 11mths and now has 4 teeth and once he discovered he had top teeth he started grinding them... hate the noise!!

Juliet - posted on 12/09/2009

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My son Ryan, 11 months, has 8 teeth and went through a phase about 2 months ago of constantly grinding his teeth. I used to put his dummy in cause I hated the noise!! Hes gradually stopped doing this and only does it about once a day if that now. Don't think theres anything you can really do to stop it though.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/08/2009

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Yes, I have 5 children with the youngest being 11 months old and every single one of them were grinding their teeth as soon as they came in. I gave/give a teething ring to the baby to bite on and usually it worked/works. Don't worry...she will stop on her own.

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my daughter does the two she has 9 teeth & she presses them so tight he make a crinkle noise it freaks me out

Melissa - posted on 12/08/2009

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Thank u all for ur posts....I have never known of babies doing this before, I think i can relax abit knowing its just related to her teething although it makes me cringe also!

Becky - posted on 12/08/2009

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Yes it's fine. It probably feels nice and helps soften the gums for the next teeth. My son does it (horrible noise :0) ) as does my husband and one of his older sons.

Alice - posted on 12/07/2009

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Hey Melissa,



My son does the same thing. I was worried coz i wondered if it was normal but not anymore. Am only worried that it might become a habit. Am still looking for answers but my mum told me that he is just excited to have the top and lower teeth

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