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First time mom & I *think* my 4 month old is teething. He drools excessively, wakes up every hour during the night and tries to suck on his fingers...Is this normal for a 4 month old? Can they start teething early?
I have read that, yes, babies can start teething that early. Your son could be like my daughter though--she has been drooling excessively and sucking her fingers for the last few months and she still hasn't gotten teeth yet. We've seen 2 start to come out and then go back in, but nothing substantial yet. As for the waking up in the night, did it just start or has it been going on for a while? Right around your sons age some babies start to redo their sleeping habits, and it could be that your son is battling with that. Or he may be going through a growth spurt which can also interfere with sleep.
Just to echo the other posters - it's not a super fun phase to go through but teething will eventually pass. Keep those bibs on - the drool can be tremendous! :-p