As your baby grows, there is one such moment when a baby’s first tooth starts erupting. However, teething in babies can also bring in a lot of discomforts. Diarrhea is one such discomfort associated with baby teething.
As the babies start teething, they move around and put various things in their mouth that may be contained with germs which disturbs their stomachs.
However, there is no real evidence of a causal relationship between a child’s teething and any issues with the digestive tract. (1) Let’s find out more in detail when it comes to the relationship between teething and diarrhea.
Signs of teething in babies
Here are some typical signs and symptoms that are associated with teething in babies are (2) –
- Your little one will begin chewing on anything that they can reach out, things like their thumb, fingers, toys or household products.
- A mild form of diarrhea is another sign of teething in babies that is prevalent.
- Babies become incredibly cranky and fussy during the teething period.
- The baby’s gums appear swollen during the teething period.
- Your baby may experience a disturbed sleep during teething and may wake up often from the sleep and start crying for no reason during night time.
- Due to the inflammation of the gums, while teething, some babies can develop a mild fever during teething.
Does teething cause diarrhea in babies?
It is widely believed by parents that teething causes diarrhea in their babies. However, this is not really true. No studies have proved that teething induces diarrhea in babies.
Since teething occurs at a time when babies are most vulnerable to all kinds of diseases and allergies, diarrhea symptoms just happen to coincide. Thus, the myth that teething causes diarrhea has developed over time. (3)
When babies are teething, they tend to reach out for anything that makes them curious and put them in their mouth. A lot of objects that babies put in their mouth unintentionally are not clean and may be loaded with bacteria.
These bacteria are the primary reason that generally causes diarrhea in babies. So, make sure that whatever your baby touches or puts inside their mouth during teething is perfectly disinfected or cleaned thoroughly to prevent your baby from getting diarrhea.
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How to deal with baby’s teething diarrhea?
There is no requirement of any serious treatment for teething diarrhea. But if you find that teething diarrhea has lasted more than a week with more than five motions a day, you immediately need to contact a doctor as this may be something serious.
Here are some tips you can use to deal with your baby’s teething diarrhea –
Changing your baby’s diet
Feed your baby with a good diet consisting of veggies and fruits like carrots, bananas, and potatoes in their diet will help to control teething diarrhea. A diet containing rice and plain rice water also help in dealing with teething diarrhea and its effects.
Cleaning or sanitizing objects
Often during the teething period, your little ones are found grabbing anything and everything that they can find and put it into their mouth. This can cause various infections and allergies. To prevent your baby from getting any illness, make sure you keep an eye on what your baby is putting in the mouth and also sterilize all of their toys.
Keep your baby hydrated
Remember that plenty of body water is lost during diarrhea. therefore, don’t forget to feed your child with the ORS or oral rehydration solution every 30 minutes. Keep your baby hydrated by making them drink plenty of water.
Breastfeed to prevent dehydration
If you are breastfeeding your baby, then you should continue feeding your baby with your milk as brest milk will keep the baby hydrated.
Consult your pediatrician
If the teething diarrhea symptoms do not disappear in a few days, then immediately consult your pediatrician who will examine your baby and decide upon a treatment plan.
The doctor will suggest if any medicines are required to treat this diarrhea caused due to any viral or bacterial infection.
Diaper rash and teething
Some babies also develop a diaper rash due to diarrhea during the time of teething. Diaper rash can also occur due to viral or bacterial infections, certain antibiotic consumption or digestive issues that can also be reasons for diarrhea.
Use a diaper rash cream to heal the rash quickly. Changing diapers frequently time to time and airing out your baby’s bums can help in quick healing of rashes. (4)
Diarrhea is a prevalent symptom of teething that is found in growing babies. The reason for diarrhea in babies is that babies usually crawl around and put everything in their mouth that they get hold of.
Due to this, they are exposed to various unwanted germs that upset their stomachs.
The best way to avoid your child from getting unwanted germs is to look after your child at all times. It is necessary to make sure your child is only putting clean and germ-free things in their mouth.
If the symptoms still persist after a few days and take a severe turn, then quickly visit a doctor as they might cause serious health issues.