How Common Is It For A Baby To Be Born With Teeth?

~ Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 1:03 PM ~

I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here:

Teeth that a baby is born with are medically known as ‘natal teeth’, while teeth that erupt within the first 30 days after the child is born are called ‘neonatal teeth’. Presence or eruption of teeth immediately at or after birth is a rarely reported phenomenon. The chance of a baby being born with teeth - or them erupting in the first month after birth  - is between one in 2,000 and 1 in 3,500. Such teeth usually develop in the lower gums and have little root structure meaning they are often wobbly. Often, they are removed after birth as there is a danger the child might choke on them.

How Common Is It For A Baby To Be Born With Teeth?

Personally, I have known of some mothers whose babies are born with teeth and one consulted me for advice on breastfeeding matters as she had worries that her baby might bite and even shared that the old folks in her family displayed negative opinions on her baby having born with teeth, saying that it is abnormal and should be extracted out.

Just so you know, breastfeeding does not have to hurt even though baby have teeth (regardless the age of them having the teeth) - I'm talking from my personal experiences of having breastfeeding all three of our kiddos. Sure, none of them were born with teeth but we have gone through the teething process while breastfeeding, also just so you know, I've not stopped breastfeeding since March 2009. With a little practise and guidance, your child will be able to nurse and suckle without causing any pain to you.

I personally don't feel that the teeth should be extracted but that is my own opinion. If you happened to be in this situation or know of someone in this situation, it is best to consult a pediatrician who is breastfeeding-friendly and see what they say on this matter.

What do you think?

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