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    Default Teething so early?

    I've had a quick scroll through previous threads and am sorry if this has been asked before but I didn't see anything that quite fit my situation. DS is around 9weeks old and his grandparents and great-grandmother think he may be teething but I'm certain it's wayyyyyyyyy too early. Things they've pointed out are
    • His red cheeks
    • Sudden excessive drooling
    • Chewing on his dummy a lot when he's shown no intrest in it previously whatsoever
    • A very mild rash, you can't even really see it just feel it
    • Random explosive, and I mean explosive, poops
    • General irritability and whinging, different from the 6 week~ fussiness
    • Chewing and sucking on his fist (when he can get it in his mouth without punching himself in the face and getting mad )
    • Almost constant BF but without actual eating, then pulling off sometimes to whinge, and TMI like, rolling my nipple between his gums
    • Quite firm, almost hard, lower front gums, where you'd expect his front teeth to come through

    They say it definitly looks like teething, and there's a fair few kids between them so I suppose I should believe them, but it just seems so gosh darn early and I just don't know. His GGM was born with 2 teeth and his GM and father both had teeth through by 3-4months so I guess it may run in the family. What do you ladies think? and how are you supposed to deal with it when your baby isn't even hold enough to hold onto anything and chew it? He's too young for me to be ok with giving him bonjela and Panadol seems to help but I really, really don't like giving it to him and don't want to do it all the time. Blergh


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    It is early but not unheard of. Like you said some babies are born with teeth.
    They can also move around for a long time before they come through.

    You could try frozen wash cloths. Just wet them with boiled water pop them in a zip lock bag and freeze. The cold will help his gums if he will chew it. My nephew hated it but some babies like it.

    Otherwise it sounds like you're doing everything you can.

    Save the panadol (or I found nurofen to work a lot better - not sure if its ok for a bub so young though) for the really bad days.

    I think brauers have a natural teething relief that might be suitable.

    Hope they either come through quickly or go away for a while.

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    I've tried cooling his dummy but he hates cold things with a passion. My cold finger, cold EBM, his dummy if it's cold. Pulls an adorable disgusted face and spits it out

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    Lol! Well the washer is probably out then.
    Theres not much you can do unfortunately. Especially since hes so young. Most things involve chewing on hard/cold things or medication.

    Have you heard of amber teething necklaces? I swear by ours.

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    I've read of them but know absolutely nada about them. Are they for them to chew on? and where would I get one, do they have to be real amber, are they expensive, will they grow out of them? Haha sorry about all the questions I have no idea what to do and I hate not being able to do anything for my screaming baby

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    No problem

    They dont chew them, they sit on the babys skin. They have pain relieving and anti inflamatory properties. If you google amberbebe there is a proper description on thier site. Im hopeless at relaying info. Lol

    It does need to be real BALTIC amber. There are lots of fakes out there so be careful. You can buy them in quite a few baby shops, or online. Beware of ebay- Im sure there are lots on there that are genuine but there are also lots of fakes.

    Theres a few things to look for. Ours has a plastic clasp so the clasp will break rather than the necklace part. It is also knotted between each bead so if it did happen to break only one bead would fall off. My DS has been wearing his since he was 4 months old. He is now 4 yrs, 3 months. We've never had an issue. When he was little we would take it off for his sleep and wrap it around his ankle then cover with his sock to keep it on just to be sure.

    Ours cost $40. But it has lasted really well and came with a lifetime warranty. I suspect they're cheaper now though. Even if they're not, it is well worth the money imo.

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    In addition to the necklace, and avoiding cold things I'd also suggest breastfeeding on demand as breastfeeding offers pain relief so it's great medication. And also Hylands teething tablets. We have had great success with them. They're more like powder squashed into a very soft tablet that turns back to powder the second they're in your mouth so they're safe for newborns.

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    It might be teeth, but I thought I'd add that my DS1 had symptoms similar to yours and his first tooth didn't cut until 17 months. It was very frustrating that every person on the street would declare "he's teething!" simply because he rubbed his ear or drooled.

    My DS2 is 4 months now and drooling like a champion. It is actually developmentally normal to drool a lot at this age and it to bear no relation to teeth.

    I say - dismiss the comments and just provide chewy toys etc, and obviously pain relief if you think he needs it. Just don't watch too hard for those teeth, cause they might not be coming for awhile! Enjoy the gummy smiles!

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    On the topic of amber necklaces, checkout All About Amber. They are a very reputable supplier with a lovely range for babies and reasonably priced too.

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    i heard about the necklace before, does that really help? my baby daughter seems is having the teething problem, recently she woke up so many times every night

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    Both my kids started teething early all I have done is use amber teething beads and natural teething relief you can get in many brands I've used the target one and hylands , panadol if she's distressed

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    DS was born with a tooth, it sunk under the gum a few weeks later and then re-emerged around 10-12 weeks from memory, so early teething is certainly possible.

    Explosive massive extra runny poo's were also the sign with him too

    I second amber necklaces - both my kids have them and we've had minimal issues with teeth

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    All my kids have worn amber too.
    My first two also had symptoms like you described and my ILs were adamant it was 'teeth'. Some BF babies do have runny explosive random poos. Some kids just drool - a lot. Fist chewing is also developmental - but it can also be a sign of an ear infection
    DD1 got her first tooth at 10months, and at 11 months got 11 teeth in a fortnight. When it did happen I didn't even notice lol.

    Sorry that was a ramble for - it could very well be his teeth. But it could not too. Oldies seem to want a reason for everything, but sometimes there is no reason with babies. If you're worried, perhaps a chat with your MCHN? Otherwise, sounds like you're doing everything you can.

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    Thanks ladies, after screaming bloody murder tonight I had a look at his gums and lo and behold, there's a small white line looking ready to break threw on his lower left front gum, looks like they were right. Had a look at some websites and apparently no one knows why amber works or if it really does but I am willing to give anything a go if it means I don't have to give him panadol. And I was worried I was imagining it, trying to find a reason for all of this but my OH is actually the one who pointed it out

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