A mother was left shocked after her son was born with a fully-formed tooth.
Baby Cruise Horsburgh, from Walker, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, opened his mouth to reveal a tiny white tooth on his lower gum.
Mother Shannon MacAllister, 17, said it was ‘dead weird’ and is so unusual that even the midwife was surprised.
Baby Cruise Horsburgh, from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, was born with a fully-formed tooth
Proud family: Newborn Cruise with great-great grandmother Alice McAllister (left), great grandparents Anthony (right) and Kim McAllister (standing, left), grandmother Tania Armstrong (standing, right) and parents Shannon McAllister and Dean Horsburgh (centre)
She said: ‘The midwife said, “Look, it’s a tooth”. It was fully formed, the midwife had only ever seen one like it before.
‘It was just dead weird. We’ve had so many people come to see him and everyone is quite surprised by the tooth, no one has ever seen that before.’
Cruise was born at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle on January 27.
Neonatal teeth, like Cruise’s, are rare and medical journals suggest roughly 1 in every 2,000-3,000 babies are born with a tooth visible.
Defying the odds: Neonatal teeth, like Cruise’s, pictured, are rare and medical journals suggest roughly 1 in every 2,000-3,000 babies are born with a tooth visible
Most babies start teething at around six months, although they can appear as early as four months.
Cruise’s grandmother, Tania Armstrong, 36, said the tooth had already proved a talking point for friends and family.
Baby cruise is fortunate to join four generations of living family members.
His great-great grandmother May MacAllister, 73, great-grandparents Kim and Tony MacAllister, who are in their 50s, already dote over the latest addition.
Mrs Armstrong added: ‘It’s been lovely having a new baby. Shannon loves being a mum, she can’t imagine life without him already, it’s weird to think he hasn’t always been here. Cruise is absolutely adorable, we all love him.’