Posted by: JG | 2005/07/11



My baby is four months old and i've noticed that her gums are swollen. And yesterday i noticed that at the back of her gums at the top is a piece of white sticking out. Is that a tooth> is it normal for such a young age. And isnt it suppose to come out at the bottom first?

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This could be teething but the usual first teeth are the two lower incisors.

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Posted by: sambinoct | 2005/07/13

My son is three months old and he is also starting to dribble alot and everything goes to his mouth and he is starting to bite down on my nipple when I feed him. So I give him teejel before feeds during the day and at night Vidol teething powders work best because it also helps them sleep a bit. It contains paracetamol which clms them down. So just be careful not to give panado syrup in conjunction with Vidol. I also try not to use it everynight, just the nights of excessive drooling and biting. He sleeps on his tummy and even tries to bite his matress LOL. But teejel also works well. Only thing is that it's got quite a strong smell and taste and he doesn't like it as much as the powder. My point is :) some babies are early bloomers and some only pop a pearly white after 1 year ... Good luck, I'm with you on this one.

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Posted by: Louise | 2005/07/12

Babas en klein kindertjies se tande begin reeds ontwikkel lank voordat hulle in die mond sigbaar raak – selfs voor geboorte. Die eerste tande wat verskyn, is die voorste snytande. Die 20 primêre tande verskyn gewoonlik voor ’n kind twee en ’n half jaar oud is. Tande kry kan die tandvleis gevoelig en seer maak – en babas is dikwels moeilik en prikkelbaar in dié tyd. Soos die tandjie deurkom, raak die tandvleisies rooi en dikwels effens ontsteek. Soms kan daar selfs ’n sweertjie bo die tand verskyn.
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Posted by: Mary-ann | 2005/07/11

My twins started teething at 4month so anything is possible. Try astons's baby powders as I found them to work the best. It soothes the tummy also. Good luck, as teething is not an easy one. They usually start front bottom, but like I said anything is possible. Keep her painfree and teething should be relatively easy. Try the baby powders, they like it and you can give it as they need it. They like the taste aswell.

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