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Can Teething Cause Diarrhea In Babies?

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As your little one grows, you witness various stages of development that bring in a lot of happiness and excitement for you. One such stage is when his first tooth starts erupting. Your little one may show signs of teething anytime between three to eighteen months. However teething can also bring in a lot of discomfort for your baby. Diarrhea is one such discomfort associated with teething. Once the babies start teething, they move around and put things in their mouth that may be loaded with germs which upset their stomachs. Read on to know how teething can lead to diarrhea and tips to deal with it.
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Signs And Symptoms Of Teething

Some common signs and symptoms that are associated with teething in babies are:

  • Drooling: One of the major tell tale signs that your little one is teething is drooling. It will appear like a drool faucet has been installed in your little one’s mouth
  • Biting: You will find your precious darling begin chewing on anything and everything that he can reach out to. Be it his thumb, fingers, toys and even your breast
  • Refusing Food: Very often your little one refuses to have food during the period when he is teething
  • Crankiness: Babies become extremely cranky and fussy while teething and quite difficult to console too during this period
  • Swollen Gums: The little one’s gums appear swollen during the teething period. Usually you can also see the tooth’s outline in those bulging gums
  • Disturbed Sleep: Your little one may not be sleeping peacefully throughout the night, once he starts teething. They wake up often and start crying for no reason at all during night time
  • Diarrhea: Mild diarrhea is yet another common sign of teething in babies
  • Slight Fever: Due to the inflammation in the gums, some babies can also develop mild temperature during teething
Does Teething Cause Diarrhea In Babies?

Actually a lot of people believe that teething causes diarrhea. However this is not really true. No studies in the field of medical science prove that teething triggers diarrhea in babies. Since teething occurs at a stage where most babies are prone to all kinds of illnesses and allergies, they just happen to coincide with diarrhea symptoms and thus the myth developed that teething causes diarrhea.
When babies are teething, they automatically reach out for anything that they can see and try putting them in their mouth. You have to bear in mind the fact that a lot of these objects are not clean and may contain traces of bacteria in them. These bacteria are the culprits that normally cause diarrhea in babies and thus the link between diarrhea and teething has evolved. So make sure that whatever your baby puts into his or her mouth during teething is disinfected or cleaned thoroughly to avoid your little one from contracting diarrhea.
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How To Deal With Baby’s Teething Diarrhea?

Although there is no need for any kind of treatment for teething diarrhea, but if you find that you baby has been having diarrhea for more than a couple of days with more than five motions a day, you have to start acting immediately.

  1. Changing your baby’s diet: Lower the quantity of juice that you feed your baby with. Instead concentrate more on breast milk and child formula during this period. It is important to increase his fluid intake in order to avoid dehydration. Including veggies like carrots, bananas and potatoes in his diet will help to control the teething diarrhea. Cereals containing rice and plain rice water also help in stopping teething diarrhea and its effects. Stopping milk products would also be beneficial in controlling teething diarrhea
  2. Sanitizing objects: One thing that your little one does during that teething period is grabbing anything and everything that he can reach to and put it into his mouth. This can cause infections. To avert this, make sure you keep an eye on what your little one is grabbing and also sanitize all his toys. You can also provide him with a teething ring that he can chew on
  3. Consult your pediatrician: If you find that the teething symptoms do not disappear, the best course of action would be to consult your pediatrician who will tell you what exactly needs to be done. He will suggest if any medicines are required to treat any viral or bacterial infection. It is important that your little one does not get dehydrated So immediately contact your doctor if you find that the diarrhea does not get better even after a couple of days
Diaper Rash And Teething

Some babies also develop a diaper rash during teething time due to the diarrhea they develop during this period. Diaper rash can also be caused due to viral infections, antibiotic consumption or digestive issues that also are reasons for diarrhea. Using a diaper rash cream can to a great extent help in healing the rash quickly. Airing out those baby bums frequently will also help to cure the rash faster.
We hope all the above mentioned tips will help you deal with teething diarrhea and diaper rash when your little one begins teething. Your doctor will also be able to guide you as to how to deal with this effectively. So go ahead and ask your doctor what needs to be done once your little one begins teething. If you experienced diarrhea while your baby was teething, do share your tips to deal with it in the comments section below.

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