Could this be teething?

Lizette - posted on 06/28/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old daughter is having a cold (running nose, sneezing and some coughing), she is fussy to eat, does not sleep too well at night, chews her hands a lot, and is having more stools than normal (not like diarrea). Could this be that she is getting her first tooth? And how long could these symptoms last if it is?

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Hayley - posted on 06/29/2009

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Every time my daughter got a toothe she had a nose like a fountain as well as a cough.

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Heather - posted on 06/29/2009

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Yes. Its just as well all babies are different. Sometimes when babies are teething they experience cold-like symptoms.. like runny nose. The first teeth are the worst and your baby will be fussy. You will find that the pooping is normal too. Just depends on your lil one :)

Nicole - posted on 06/29/2009

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Sounds like teething, and it more than likely is, but if it doesn't let up in a few days or gets worse, I would take her to the doctor just to make sure it's not something more. Teething symptoms can imitate other illnesses, such as an ear infection, so it's always better to be safe than sorry. But if she doesn't have a fever and is still eating ok, she's probably fine. My 6 month old has days like that. You can get a humidifier to help with the cough (she's probably choking on extra drool, lol!). Infant Tylenol helps too, and so do teething tablets. My son is almost 7 months old now and still no teeth!

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Look to see if the gums are white where a tooth should be popping through. The two top front and bottom should be first. A lot of kids get fevers when they are or about to pop a tooth. First ones are hard because it's new to them and you. (molars are bad too since they are quite a bit bigger!) Baby orajel may provide some relief, but can't be used that much. Try some cold teethers, or letting a washcloth freeze in the freezer. Unfortunately, if that is what it is, there isn't a lot you can do. It will get better though! Good Luck!

Keri - posted on 06/29/2009

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Yes it could be her first tooth. Feel her gums and see if they are hard. also check if they are red and slightly inflamed. This can last for a while depending on your daughter. some babies get their teeth quickly while others do not. Good luck with this as teething is not always an easy experience for mom or baby :) Go to your pharmacist and ask them for something to help her with the discomfort.

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Keri

Keri - posted on 06/29/2009

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Yes it could be her first tooth. Feel her gums and see if they are hard. also check if they are red and slightly inflamed. This can last for a while depending on your daughter. some babies get their teeth quickly while others do not. Good luck with this as teething is not always an easy experience for mom or baby :) Go to your pharmacist and ask them for something to help her with the discomfort.

I hope I helped.

Keri

Vicki - posted on 06/28/2009

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Yes, aside from the cold and the pooping, those could be symptoms of teething.



My son has two bottom front teeth, and is experiencing pain on the bottom about where the canines will be. It's hard to say how long until the teeth cut through, however.

Vicki - posted on 06/28/2009

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Yes, aside from the cold and the pooping, those could be symptoms of teething.



My son has two bottom front teeth, and is experiencing pain on the bottom about where the canines will be. It's hard to say how long until the teeth cut through, however.

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