Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Teething??

Jo will be three months on March 13. He is very, very young. But he has been physically advanced in practically every other way. (He is probably over 14 pounds by now; he has held his head up and pushed up with his hands [on his tummy or on our chests] in ways that people have told us are advanced for his age.)

And now we are wondering if our little prodigy is teething early. On Monday night he screamed and screamed and screamed for no apparent reason, for two hours. I share this story knowing that Jo is a very mellow baby, and that was the first time we've dealt with such a situation; many of you have put up with much longer, and much more frequent, screamfests. But it was very out of character for our babe.

Then we noticed: he's drooling more. Today he had some diarrhea. He has been gnawing on his hands. The drooling and the hand-gnawing are listed as things he starts doing more of at his age, but they can also be signs of teething.

I gave him one of his teething toys (which we stuck in the fridge on Monday night) and he went to town.

More experienced parents, could he really be teething?? And is there a way to tell (I mean, other than, say, a tooth appearing)?

18 comments:

Jen said...

Yes, absolutely. And there's no real way to tell except what you're doing already. Hang in there...

judy said...

Teething and ear infections have very similar symptoms in young babies. My youngest son had the same symptoms as J twice. One time it was a very early tooth coming in, the second time it was an ear infection.
I would bring him to the doc to rule out an ear problem.
Best of luck and feel free to ask away.

vee said...

Ahh, poor wee Jo. And poor mummies having to watch him suffer. I don't really know how else you might tell, though I suppose red gums, or white, if the teeth are pressing close to coming through?

sandramort said...

Teething, pre-teething or a set of symptoms including oral fixation, drooling, and diarrhea... in the end, it doesn't matter much if the teething ring helps. Try hyland's teething tablets too. They either do nothing or work wonders and they're harmless either way.

sandramort said...

Sorry, I reread that and it's not clear.

n the end, it doesn't matter much if the teething ring helps.

was SUPPOSED to be:

n the end, what you call it doesn't matter much if the teething ring helps.

Jude said...

He could absolutely be teething. But that doesn't even mean you will see any teeth for a while! Babies can be "teething" for ridiculous amounts of time before any teeth come.

I feel like Punk was drooling hardcore for more than 2 months before anything resembling a tooth showed up. But some kids get teeth early, too.

*G* said...

Mater did (does) the same thing, starting at about the same time. Her hands were always red because they were always in the mouth. It's totally possible that he could be teething, but for her, (at just over 6 months), she has yet to pop out a tooth. We were told that the excessive drooling thing was just a normal event for that age, but who knows? It's so hard to tell until you see an actual tooth!

Sounds like you're doing everything you can. And if the teething ring helps, all the better!

BA said...

Definately sounds like he's teething. I have a friend who was born with 2 teeth (so was her daughter), so they can teeth in the womb apparently :) My son got his first 2 teeth during his 3rd month and then didn't get anymore until he was 12 months. During that first month of being a year old, he must have gotten 10 teeth. So they are all different. Good luck!

Co said...

Thanks for the comments.

Jo's ped didn't think it was teething and ruled out an ear infection. She thinks his screaming bouts may have been gas and that his diarrhea may have been from a virus that is now gone, or from me having eaten a lot of broccoli (bad breastfeeding mommy... that could've contributed to the gas, too).

So, anyway, at least we know it's not an ear infection. Glad to have that ruled out. No more broccoli for me. (Serves me right for eating my vegetables.)

meanmama said...

Aw, poor gassy baby. Less broccoli and more pizza for you, I say!

But like other said, FYI,teething is possible for this young of a baby, though you might not see any teeth for a long time. That doesn't mean that he would continue to be fussy until he actually gets a tooth, though.

PS- I'm SO SORRY I haven't come by for that stuff. I got sick and forgot all about it. This weekend? I'll be in touch.

Pigtails & Polkadots said...

My daughter started teething (and doing everything else) really early too - and it feels like it never goes away...they keep getting teeth forever!!

Thanks for stopping by and entering my beach towel giveaway, and good luck :)

ms.bri said...

Beck did the exact same thing starting at the same age. Teething, in my opinion. Lasts a long, long time. He got his first teeth around 5.5 months - the bottom two came in at the same time.

Julianna said...

I used to read your blog all of the time, but then I lost the URL. I just found it again, via Prizey of all places (love that site!). Looks like our little ones were born on the same day! December 13, right?

Julianna said...

Louisa does the same thing... drooling and hand knawing, that is. She rarely screams, but if she does, it's usually because she's gassy. It sounds like you're doing all the right things.

You can also dip a pacifier in water and freeze it, then give it. It might not last quite as long, but I hear it's soothing.

EggDropBlogger said...

I don't know anything about teething but I do know that 3 months is soooo exciting.

indigoscot said...

he could be pre-teething. our son got tooth #1 and tooth #2 in quick succession at 5 months after 2 months of on and off teething. i had mine at 5 months also...do you know if you teethed early? it's supposed to be genetic!

hd said...

My god-daughter had four teeth by four months. It's a definite possbility.

oneofhismoms said...

He could be teething. Of course, every time Cakie got fussy, we decided he was teething. If he actually is, I also reccommend the Hyland teething tablets. Also freeze a wet washcloth and let him nibble on it. When he's a little older you can give him a frozen bagel. The babies they love the frozen bagels.