How do i know if my 3 month old is teething?

Amy - posted on 09/18/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My 3 month old seems to be teething but im not sure. She started getting really fussy but only at night time and is drooling a lot. I gave her a teething ring and she liked it but im still unsure if that's the case.. any ideas?

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Rebecca - posted on 09/18/2009

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All babys can teethe at different times, not all babys start teething at 6 months, some are earlier, some later, some not at all. Your baby may be teething when she is drooling more, chewing or mouthing objects, hands, fingers ect, if you are breastfeeding she may chomp down or gum your breast, she may get a slight fever (but not all the time, and this can also be caused by an ear infection as well), she may get a rash on her chin ( mainly from being wet all the time from drooling), sometimes they may refuse to eat as sucking can cause pain. You can use teething toys to soothe her, as well there are natural teething remedys out there (Hylands Teething Tablets, or Camilia teething liquid) which can be given at any age. You have to remember that babys are not teething just because the teeth are cutting through the gums but it is mostly becasue the teeth are moving up and down under the gums, because of this you may notice that teething symptoms come for a while and then simply stop only to start up again at a later time. If you do notice anything of a concern definately go and see your Dr. But babys can be born with teeth already, some get teeth at 3 months some not till a year or later so you just never know when a baby will start to teethe. But from what you describe it sounds very possible like your little one is teething. My daughter is 4 months and she has been teething since about 2 1/2 months. I dont understand how a Dr can say that at this age teeth dont bother them, babys can get teeth at any age and getting them at 3 months or getting them at 9 months it all bothers them just the same.

Erika - posted on 09/18/2009

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My daughter was teething about 3 months but didnt cut any teeth until about 6months. her cheeks turned bright red she drooled nonstop and was fussy here and there. as long as she isnt running a fever its fine and is probably teething. let her have the teething ring and either a wet wash cloth is usually a hit. I put an ice cube in a wascloth with a tie so the cube wouldnt fall out when she acted like it hurt and it helped.

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Drooling can be misleading...babies don't actually develop their saliva glands until they're three or four months old, and when they do, they don't know how to swallow so they drool. If she's gumming things a lot, that could be a sign, but at that age, babies explore everything with their mouths. Most babies don't cut their first teeth until somewhere between 6 and 8 months, so it could be something else that's making her fussy at night....she may be overtired and need more sleep during the day? But check with your doctor at your next visit because he/she will have a better idea.

Sara - posted on 09/18/2009

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I have the same problem with my 3 month old. I see teeth in her mouth. Her Dr. said its not really teething. She said at this age the teeth don't bother them. Ask your Dr. next visit and see what the say. My Daughter loves it when I get a cool wash cloth and let her suck on it.

Ashley - posted on 09/18/2009

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My son has been doing that since he was two months old...and he is now six months old and no teeth. It sounds like your daughter is teething, but if you are concerned, don't be afraid to call her doctor! Oh, and my son likes to chew on wet towels...that might help. And sometimes when it gets REALLY bad, baby Tylenol works great! Good luck!

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Melissa - posted on 09/18/2009

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I'm in the same boat my youngest, of three, is 3 months. They all would have preriods of drooling and fussiness. There teeth are moving, you don't have to be able to see anything or have them cutting for it to bug a baby. My daughter doesn't seem to get irritated by it till she's tired, so I give her a little tylenol. Teething tablets and orejel work wonders as well.

Rose - posted on 09/18/2009

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Every child is unique. My nephew started teething before 4 months and had 8 teeth by the time he was 8 months old! By 10 months he was running. My 3 children all started teething at different ages so no one can really predict when a child "should" be teething. I used Infant's Tylanol if my children were uncomfortable at that age. Good Luck!

Flor - posted on 09/18/2009

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i dont think she is teething at her age now.She should be teething by 6 mos. but you can see the symptoms like drooling at this age.Another thing is she might be fussy at night which happens to some babies at 3 mos.Colicky babies do fuss not only at night but even at day time.Might as well check on ear infections and some cold issues.you might as well apply petroleum jelly on her chin at night after bath otherwise it will get red and dry.Try to give her a bath everynight,a massage and warm milk before bedtime to help her sleep better.These steps will also a part of her night/bedtime schedule.Hope this simple steps help your little sweetheart.

Angela - posted on 09/18/2009

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lots of drooling, sticking things in mouth, clean your hands then take your finger rub over the gums, if they feel gooey, then yeah.. slight fever at times( usually at night), cranky( comes and goes though)

Kelly - posted on 09/18/2009

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My daughter has been drooling since 3 months. She just cut her first 2 teeth on the bottom a few days before she turned 7 months. You'll know when the teeth are coming when her gums get white and you can feel little hard bumps.

Toni - posted on 09/18/2009

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usually they stick whole fist or figures in mouth,,, ice cold tetthing ring usually works,,

Jodi - posted on 09/18/2009

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My daughter started doing the exact same thing at about 21/2 months, when I asked her doc about it I was told babies teeth kind of ebb and wane. Like Rebecca said, they go up and down while still underneath the gums. My daughter's gums would turn white and hard and she would fuss and chew on everything, she still does and at nearly 7 months old has no teeth yet. We use orajel sometimes if it's really bad at night so she can sleep, but I keep pacifiers in the fridge along with teethers and let her chew on them and wash cloths. They can get teeth at any time, so I wouldn't worry too much about it unless she gets an uncontrollable fever. It's all apart of being a baby I guess! Good luck!

Loni-Jayne - posted on 09/18/2009

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heya my sons 10 months and has 2 teeth. i knew he was teething because he went off his food, had red cheeks, dribbled alot, and wanted to crew on everything!!

Heather - posted on 09/18/2009

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I have a three and a half month old and he has been drooling and chewing like crazy for about a month. I don't think that it is teething. My son does not take a pacifier, so my doctor suggested that it might be his replacement for a pacifier. Who knows? The fussiness in the afternoon might be a little bit of colic.

Alicia - posted on 09/18/2009

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If she is running a fever it is not due to teething and you probably need to check with your doctor if that ever comes up. Sometimes they can have an exsesive amount of saliva, every child is different. Just check there gums and see if its swelling thats when you can tell.

Victoria - posted on 09/18/2009

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My son is 4 months old now drolling is a good way to tell if she is teething you can allways check her gums an if they are white a bit and she wants to gum somthing alot let her you might want to get a teething toy that can get cold it's great an mabey you should swich her bath time to night time if you have an question you can allways write me

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