"Where are her teeth????"
We get this a lot. Samantha is 3 1/2 and has no teeth. She will sport you a big, toothless grin, nibble on your pinkie, but no teeth. They are hiding up in her gums but they refuse to make an appearance.
We have several theories on why....
Theory #1: Samantha is tube fed. Tube fed babies get teeth later than orally fed babies because they don't bite or 'gum' food. There is nothing to push the teeth through. However, many of Samantha's tube fed buddies now have a full set of choppers.
Theory #2: It takes a lot of energy to push teeth through your gums. As Samantha's body is rationing how limited energy is to be spent, teething is not a priority. I agree with theory #2 but many kids with mitochondrial myopathy have teeth.
But honestly, I don't care. I monitor seizures, infections and any other health conditions Samantha's body throws our way. Teeth? Teeth are an after thought. We're not trying to feed her a steak and baked potato.
A couple days ago I was brushing her gums and noticed two little front, bottom teeth poking through. They are knobby, angry, little daggers but they are right there....
Samantha's teeth. I have named them Fang I and Fang II.
I tried to take a picture but all you see are her angry swollen little gums so we'll wait until Fang I and II make a more pronounced debut.
For me, with my vast medical experience (HA!) it means that her body is feeling stronger. She is not fighting C-dif, MRSA, Pseudomonas, or other little beasties that like to set up residence. I guess when I put it like that, I really do care that she has teeth.
Welcome Fang I and Fang II.