How do I know when my infant is teething??

October 24, 2007 8:29pm CST
I need help. I have a 3mnth old and not sure if she's teething or not. She normally drinks/eats 26-30oz a day. Well today she has only really drank between 16 and 20oz. She's really cranky,can't seem to get into a deep sleep and sleeping pretty much all day. She'll wake up in the morning and stay up for a good 2hrs (maybe) and then go back to sleep and get back up and stay up for about an hr and then goes to bed for good. She wakes up early in the morning (between 3 and 6) crying. Is this normal teething or should I call the Doctors out of concern??
5 responses
26 Oct 07
it happens differentlyyy! I am 15 years old && i am a super good babysitter with training. You would know when they start teething when they start to refuse to eat the way they normally do because of the itchy pain they have. You would also know when you see loads of saliva. hope this helps you! =]]
• United States
26 Oct 07
When infants start teething, usually you can see that their gums will look a little swollen in which that is a good sign. Babies also can have a running/stuffy nose, a low grade temp and can even get a bad cold depending on which teeth they are cutting. With my babies it seemed that their eye teeth were the worst. (the pointy ones) Babies cut teeth at many different ages. My 2 daughters each have baby girls that are only 1 month apart in age. The first one started cutting her first tooth at the age of 4 months and the other waited til she was 8-9 months before she ever got one. Babies sleep a lot when they are 3 months, but I would just make sure that she is drinking plenty of fluids and that she doesn't have a temperature. If she feels hot, I would definately call the doctor, it may be an ear infection or something of that sort. Better to be safe than sorry. Also, give her things to chew on....it will help break the tooth thru the gum. The sooner that happens the better!!
@venkatcse (234)
• India
25 Oct 07
Its just normal. And now a days the Kids are really growing Fast. So no problem in this Teething of ur 3 month old child
• United States
25 Oct 07
Is she crying most of the time when she is awake? If so, she might just have gas. My son is two months old and he is the same way. I noticed that he is not as cranky when I feed him with one of those drop in liner bottles. I do believe that the gas is what stops the infant from eating. I noticed it in my son. After he burps, he has room for more. If changing the bottle does not work, there is a product out Little tikes or Little something that is a gas relief. You give the baby the drops before he or she eats. It can be found by the TUMS and other related products. It worked on my 2nd child.
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
25 Oct 07
3 months might be a little early for teething, but since everyone is different, could be. Teething cues are usually constant and major drooling and runny nose. My 18 month grand daughter has most of her teeth now, but her drooling and that tiny little runny nose - every time, open that mouth and there'd be a tooth popping through. She wa amazing tho, hardly complained. We got those freezer teething rings - my first GD liked those, but this one didn't really bother with them. A pacifier is good during teething time, - something for them to chew on instead of their gums. Put pacifier in the freezer (buy about 5 or so and keep them in the freezer) and give her one. She'll take it and like it. The cold numbs the gums giving a little bit of peace. And the cold helps the swelling of the gums stay minimal. Even a ice cold bottle of water. Just put some ice cubes in a bottle with water. She might not want to drink it, but since she knows the bottle nad knows what to do with it, she'll take it and drink, naw or chew on the nipple and that will help eliviate the swelling and pain. Soonas the tooth comes through, the pain will stop. Just have the stuff ready for the next time!