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Teething is often accompanied by other symptoms like drooling, fussiness, and a decreased appetite. Some parents also report that their baby seems to be constipated or has more gas while teething. In this blog, I have explained if teething can actually cause gas and constipation.

Teething is the process whereby an infant’s first teeth (the deciduous teeth, often called “baby teeth” or “milk teeth”) erupt into the mouth. This event occurs between six and thirty months of age. It generally starts around six months, with the two lower central incisors, and ends around thirty months, with the second molars.

The teething process can be painful for some infants. The most common symptoms are drooling, gum sensitivity, fussiness, and a decreased appetite. Some parents also report that their baby seems to be constipated or has more gas while teething.

What is constipation?

Constipation is defined as having hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass. Babies who are constipated may strain and cry when having a bowel movement, and their stools may be small and pellet-like.

There are many possible causes of constipation, including a diet that is low in fiber, not drinking enough fluids, and a lack of physical activity. Medications, such as some antacids and iron supplements, can also cause constipation.

In most cases, constipation is not a serious problem and can be treated at home with dietary changes and increased fluid intake. However, if your baby is having difficulty passing stools or appears to be in pain, it is important to see a doctor.

Can teething cause constipation?

Dr. Alison Mitzner, a board-certified pediatrician and Pediatrics Plus’ parent advisor, explains in an email to Romper that teething can make babies feed less frequently, as well as cause severe discomfort and refusal to feed, which might induce dehydration and constipation.

He went further to explain, “while it is unusual, having too much saliva might lead to constipation.”

Another resource online emphasized that teething alone cannot cause constipation, but dehydration from teething can.

In short, teething can cause constipation indirectly by dehydration. When a baby is drooling excessively and not feeding as much, they can become dehydrated which can lead to constipation.

“The necessity for more liquid, such as milk or water, or juice in the diet, is frequently the reason behind constipation in newborns.” Dr. Saul explains that while constipation isn’t just about your baby’s poop consistency and if he/she is straining to produce it, it’s also important how often they poop. Teething can absolutely cause a decrease in appetite, which can then lead to dehydration and constipation.

Dehydration is one of the main causes of constipation. When your baby isn’t drinking as much because they’re not as hungry, they can become dehydrated. offer small, frequent feedings and water throughout the day to avoid dehydration. You can also try giving your baby a cool, damp cloth to chew on or a teething ring to help with discomfort.

Can teething cause congestion?

Dr. Mitzner also notes that teething can cause congestion in babies. She says, “The process of teething can stimulate the production of mucus as well as increase saliva production.” All of this extra mucus and saliva can lead to a stuffy nose and congestion.

To help your baby with any congestion that might come along with teething, you can use a humidifier in their room to keep the air moist. You can also try using a saline nasal spray to help clear any congestion.

If your baby is having difficulty breathing or is not acting like themselves, it is important to see a doctor right away. Teething can be uncomfortable, but it is not usually a serious problem. However, if you are concerned about your baby’s teething symptoms, it is always best to talk to your doctor.

How can I help my baby with teething and constipation?

If your baby is teething and you’re concerned about constipation, there are some things you can do to help.

-Make sure your baby is getting enough fluids. If your baby is breastfed, offer more frequent feedings. If your baby is formula-fed or on solids, give extra water between meals.

-Offer soft, easy-to-digest foods. If your baby is on solids, offer pureed fruits and vegetables, well-cooked cereals, and yogurt.

-Encourage physical activity. Getting your baby moving can help relieve constipation. Try tummy time, infant massage, or gentle bouncing on your lap.

-Talk to your doctor. If you’re concerned about your baby’s constipation, talk to your doctor. They can assess whether your baby is constipated and offer additional treatment options, if necessary.

Can teething cause gas and constipation?

There are a few ways that teething can cause gas and constipation.

  • First, when babies are teething, they may drool more than usual. This can lead to them swallowing air, which can cause gas.
  • Second, teething can be very painful, and this pain can make babies fuss and cry. Crying can also cause them to swallow air, which can lead to gas.
  • Finally, teething can cause babies to eat less, which can lead to constipation. When babies don’t eat as much, they can become dehydrated, and this dehydration can cause constipation. To help prevent gas and constipation, make sure your baby is getting enough fluids, offer soft, easy-to-digest foods, and encourage physical activity. If you’re concerned about your baby’s gas or constipation, talk to your doctor.

FAQs

Do babies get constipated when starting solids?

Babies can get constipated when starting solids for a few reasons. First, some babies are sensitive to food changes and may get constipated when they start eating solids. Second, starting solids can decrease a baby’s breastfeeding frequency, which can lead to dehydration and constipation. To help prevent constipation when starting solids, make sure your baby is getting enough fluids and offer soft, easy-to-digest foods. If you’re concerned about your baby’s constipation, talk to your doctor.

What can I give my baby for teething and constipation?

There are a few things you can give your baby for teething and constipation. First, make sure your baby is getting enough fluids. If your baby is breastfed, offer more frequent feedings. If your baby is formula-fed or on solids, give extra water between meals. Second, offer soft, easy-to-digest foods. If your baby is on solids, offer pureed fruits and vegetables, well-cooked cereals, and yogurt. Third, encourage physical activity. Getting your baby moving can help relieve constipation. Try tummy time, infant massage, or gentle bouncing on your lap. Finally, if you’re concerned about your baby’s constipation, talk to your doctor. They can assess whether your baby is constipated and offer additional treatment options, if necessary.

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