Is she really teething?

Natalie - posted on 04/30/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




Is she legitimately teething? I am a ftm so this is all new to me. I think my 5 month old may be truly teething but would like to hear from mom's who have been there.

First, this isn't simply the normal drooling, hand munching, obsessive chewing on anything she can get ahold of, that she has been doing since 3 months.

About two weeks ago I started to feel a firmness of a tooth in her lower right gum. I can't feel one on the left yet. I've been feeling daily for changes. She has been biting down hard on my finder and gumming my nipple. Feeling her gums today I can suddenly, distinctly feel not just the hardness of a tooth but a sharp, definite edge beneath the surface.

So does it sound like she is close to a tooth? How long between feeling that sharp edge (and if I press on the edge of her gum I can see it under there) does it take before a tooth erupts?

My always happy, never fussy (and I mean never fussy, except the rare occasion I haven't produced a boob for her just fast enough) baby has been acting differently today. Quite uncharacteristically she has not had any interest in playing today and holding her does little to appease her. She seems uncomfortable but not from gas and she doesn't have an ear infection or anything. She has been a distracted nurser recently, which is normal at her age, and also developed a tendency to fuss and fight immediately before succumbing to sleep.

I have heard that cutting teeth can make nursing painful, could that be part of it? Should I need expecting a tooth soon?


Michelle - posted on 05/01/2013




It could erupt anytime from now. There is no set time frame from when you first feel a tooth to when it arrives. It can be a day or months, every child is different.

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