Teething at 8 weeks??? Help!

Erica - posted on 11/14/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I didn't even think this was possible, but my son is already cutting teath! HE'S ONLY 8 WEEKS OLD!!!! I called his pediatrician and he told me some babies are even born already having teeth! I don't know what to do for him. I have gel that is suppose to help with teething, but it says for ages 4 months and up. And I have teethers of course, but he can't even hold them yet!! I can already see/feel two bottom teeth. This is crazy! He's crying and shoving his hand in his mouth and drooling A LOT and he even has a slight temperature. Help!!!!

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Katherine - posted on 11/15/2011

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I would take Jane's advice. Tylenol, washcloth and not to necessarily use Orajel.

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My daughter started teethin at 3 months. I would just use my finger as counter pressure on her gums. My daughter didn't respond well to Tylenol so I just gave her a cool sponge bath for fevers.

Jane - posted on 11/14/2011

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Even though he is really small, some of the standard helps will still work. For example:

You can gently rub your baby's gums. Use a clean finger, moistened gauze pad or damp washcloth to massage them. The pressure can ease your baby's discomfort. If the item you are using can be kept cool, so much the better.

He may be too small for a teething ring, but perhaps a pacifier cooled in the fridge can help. A cold washcloth can also be soothing. Don't give your baby a frozen teething ring, however. Contact with extreme cold may hurt, doing your baby more harm than good.

Excessive drooling is part of the teething process and to prevent skin irritation, keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby's chin. You might also make sure your baby sleeps on an absorbent sheet.

If your baby is especially cranky, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) may help. Talk to the doctor about dosage, however, since he is so small. Don't give your baby products that contain aspirin, however

Be cautious about teething medications that can be rubbed directly on a baby's gums. The medication may be washed away by your baby's saliva before it has the chance to do any good — and too much of the medication may numb your baby's throat, which may interfere with his or her normal gag reflex. That is why it is marked for use in babies older than 4 months.

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