There is a difference of opinion among paediatricians on whether teething is the cause of vomiting or not. Irritability, fever and diarrhoea that cause vomiting are some commonly observed symptoms in babies just before teething. Some paediatricians claim that these are merely coincidental to teething and that the babies should be checked for other illnesses. But, to start with, it is essential to consult a specialist to understand what happens during teething and how it affects the other functions in the infant. Hence, some common symptoms of teething are:
- Excessive irritability or even colic in babies
- Skin rash and more drooling than routine
- Urge to bite
- Fever (low grade)
- Rubbing of the cheek or pulling of ears
The teething symptoms, including vomiting, usually start four days before and last up to 3 days after the new tooth comes. You do not have to overuse any teething medications that the doctor prescribes for your baby. There are many teething gels or teething tablets that can be prescribed for your baby. They protect your child from discomfort.
What Happens During Teething?
Some experts believe that teething causes vomiting, excessive saliva during teething tend to loosen the stool and lead to diarrhoea. Similarly, inflammation in the gums can cause fever. Others are of the opinion that teething can be responsible for vomiting. However, the stress caused by teething makes a child more vulnerable to getting the infection. That is why babies are inclined to get sick and vomit just before their new teeth appear. Others have a firm opinion that symptoms such as fever, diarrhoea and vomiting before teething are signs of other illnesses. Also, one should understand that the initial years of an infant may have various symptoms of illnesses. As this is the time when the infant might have various infections as they are still in the stage of building the early blocks of their immunity. Hence, teething is such a time when the kid may showcase various symptoms, which may not be related to teething but could be a response to lower immunity.
What Do In Such Times?
Whatever be the differences among the paediatricians, all of them agree that if your baby shows up any discomfort, immediate medical attention should be provided. The doctor would be able to diagnose any problem that needs medical care, such as ear infection. In case the baby has loose stools, it may not be diarrhoea, and you may not immediately rush for medical attention.
Right Care During Teething Is A Must
At times parents blame teething for severe complications such as high fever on teething, which is not right. This is usually because some symptoms such as viral infection, ear infection and sleeping problem are assumed to be due to teething. The problem of overusing of teething medications is the usual result of such a false idea of the baby’s problem. Other complications may also cause vomiting, while teething is incidental to it. Some precautionary measures that parents can take:
- Consult a doctor: The first thing to be done should be to talk to a doctor for understanding the condition. Trying any remedy on the infant without consulting a doctor can be risky. Hence, always speak to your doctor when the infant enters the teething phase where they can guide on some simple home remedies to provide relief.
- Hygiene is a must: Teething leads to inflammation and irritation to the gums. Hence, while most babies cry, some even try to get relief by chewing on hard objects. Therefore, maintain cleanliness around and only keep sterilised teethers around the baby’s reach.
- The diet can make a difference: If diarrhoea is rampant during teething, adjust the child’s diet as required. Consult a doctor on what a child should be given in diarrhoea. Check if milk is a trigger to more attacks in the child. If so, try to keep the child off milk diet for a while till the symptoms subside.
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