Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: A mom | 2011/09/19

Q.

Teething

My baby has just turned 3 months old, and has been drooling for about a week now. She has been chewing her hands for about a week, and has had one red hot cheek for 2 days, with a few little bumps/slight rash. Her head feels quite warm, but her temperature is below 37 degrees. She is a bit miserable today.

Are these all signs of teething, or could there be something else wrong? How long can it take for a tooth to cut through the gums?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You are correct, your baby is showing all the signs of teething. It may still take a while for her first teeth to appear. Her bottom incisors [the 2 teeth in the centre of her lower gums] should appear first and this often happens at about 6 months.

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