The first smile, which kids meet parents, toothless and very funny. Basically, the first tooth appears in the sixth month. Experts do not rule out that stress during this period increases the activity of the intestines and can cause mild diarrhea. What should I do if my baby has diarrhea while teething?
Why does diarrhea appear during teething?
Diarrhea is one of the most common diseases among infants and young children. The causes of diarrhea are different: usually it is caused by acute infections, but it may be that this is the reaction of the child’s body to the appearance of the first teeth.
The process of teething of milk teeth is inevitable and natural. And of course, parents should not forget that this may in one way or another cause changes in the general condition of the baby. Most often the crumb becomes restless, salivation increases, it eats worse. Often teething accompanied by fever, less often diarrhea may occur.
Opinions pediatricians on the question whether diarrhea can occur during teething, diverge. Some believe that this is due to irritation of the nervous system. Others are inclined to believe that diarrhea when teething in children occurs due to weakened immunity during this period, so the body becomes available for various intestinal infections.
The matter is aggravated by the fact that when the child's teeth are cut, he pulls into his mouth all that he comes across. This is due to the fact that the baby is experiencing itchy gums and to relieve his condition, he is trying to gnaw a variety of objects. And since it is impossible to keep track of the ideal purity of everything that a child can put in his mouth, the risk of getting into the stomach and intestines of harmful bacteria or infection naturally increases. Once in a favorable environment, they develop and provoke dysfunction of the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in diarrhea.
According to the well-known pediatric doctor Yevgeny Komarovsky, diarrhea during dentition may also occur due to an increase in the salivation of a child during this period. Some of the excess fluid in the form of saliva flows out of the mouth and remains on napkins and bibs, but most are swallowed by the child, which disrupts the fluid balance and involuntarily flushes the digestive tract. Such a process can also result in the occurrence of diarrhea. It should be noted that in this case it should not be long since the organism is rebuilt, and the work of the intestine is normalized.
Another reason for the appearance of diarrhea in a child during the period of teething can be food. The fact is that the teeth are usually cut during the start of complementary feeding in addition to breastfeeding. Therefore, loose stools can be a reaction of a small organism to some kind of nutritional ingredient of complementary foods, which is not quite suitable for the baby.
Diarrhea or loose stools?
As follows from the above, diarrhea is not considered a natural sign of cutting teeth, and if it appears, it means that the protective mechanisms of the child’s body do not cope with the intestinal infection. On the basis of the frequency of bowel movements, rather, we need to talk about liquid stool, rather than about diarrhea.
How much diarrhea keeps on teething? Typically, the duration of this phenomenon does not exceed three to four days, in any case, it lasts no more than a week. The process may be delayed due to indigestion due to the individual characteristics of the child’s body. Parents' concerns should be caused by an increase in loose stools more than three times a day. At the same time, fecal masses have bloody inclusions, foam, contain a lot of mucus and exude an unpleasant odor.
This condition requires a medical examination and clarification of the root cause of diarrhea, that is, the doctor must establish whether this is a consequence of cutting teeth or an intestinal infection. This will determine the methods of treatment.
If diarrhea and fever are the symptoms of teething, then there is no need to immediately grab the medicines and try to feed the baby with them. Antipyretic drugs will be needed if the temperature exceeds 38 °. Until then, provide access to fresh air in the nursery, take measures to sufficiently moisten it, and give your child more drink. Drinking in this situation will eliminate the risk of dehydration.
Breastfed babies can be applied to the breast more often, since mother's milk is not only a source of fluid and nutrients, but also the best medicine. Forget about antibiotics, because in such a situation, they only harm and exacerbate the situation.
How to treat diarrhea with teething? Drug treatment will be needed when loose stools take on the nature of diarrhea and last longer than four days. In order to avoid disrupting the water-salt balance in the child’s body, the doctor may prescribe “Regidron” in combination with drugs that reduce gastrointestinal motility, such as “Imodium”.
To exclude dysbacteriosis, such means as Linex or Bifiform will be optimal. Parents should remember that the correct dosage of any drug is calculated in milligrams of active ingredient per kilogram of the child’s body weight.
The diet is very important during this period:
- During teething, the content of foods such as bananas, fruit jellies, compotes, baked apples should be increased in the baby’s diet.
- You should avoid eating fatty foods, meat, cow's milk, fresh fruits and vegetables.
- A positive effect can be achieved by eating foods high in starch, such as mashed potatoes or boiled rice.
In this whole story, try to keep a balance between falling into a panic and overconfidence. In any case, do not forget that, in addition to the Internet, there is still a pediatrician, who will competently assess the situation and, if necessary, prescribe appropriate treatment.