Teething And Diarrhea | How Long Does It Last?


diarrhea when teething

Diarrhea when teething in Babies is a common problem. Teething age of babies is usually from 3 to 18 months. Generally at the age till 24-month babies get their all 20 teeth.

Sometimes mild diarrhea can be seen while teething in babies. But if stools are more than 5 per day or more than for three days, contact your child’s pediatrician.



It is a common belief by old guardians that teething cause diarrhea. However, there is no medical evidence between the two.

The most common belief is that the gastrointestinal system is affected by the excess saliva caused by teething. But, medical research doesn’t provide any proof of the same.

Then why does teething cause diarrhea and why do so many people believe and correlate the two? It may be because teething children are easily affected by bacteria due to having lower immunity and greater chances of infection.

When a child is teething, he is keen to put anything and everything in his mouth to try to ease the discomfort of his gums, and many of those things may be contaminated with bacteria, because of not very clean.

In addition, teething cause diarrhea usually in children when they are between 6 and 24 months old, a time during which a large percentage of children will experience any number of different, completely unrelated, symptoms or ailments.

Those symptoms sometimes may coincide with teething, but they are not supposed to completely related.

The problem is when parents know the cause of their child’s diarrhea i.e. due to teething; they may be less worried that if the cause is unknown.

Their lack of attentiveness may mean missing a diagnosis of a GI problem or failing to notice or treat the dehydration that accompanies diarrhea in children. source:www.colgate.com


If diarrhea emerges in Babies or toddlers while teething, watch for other symptoms of teething also to coincide with diarrhea, such as drooling, reduced appetite, irritability, mild fever or a clear runny nose.

During teething, it might difficult for your baby to take proper & well sleep during a day. They put toys in their mouth and try to chew them just to relieve aching gums.

Besides teething, the other causes of diarrhea are due to bacterial or viral illness, medication or a food allergy. Antibiotics may also cause diarrhea.


While teething poop color may be the sign of recognizing diarrhea. It is not necessary that teething produce intestinal discomfort, it can result in loose or off-colored stools.

Teething poop color in Breastfed babies typically has light yellow to green, while the stools of formula-fed babies or those eating solids may be more varied.

Loose poop is easily recognized in formula-fed babies or older toddlers, but loose stools are normal for breastfed babies. 



But, now the question is- how long can teething poop last or how long does diarrhea last in teething babies?

Usually, teething diarrhea duration happens for a short time and cover-up in two-three days. If your child has teething diarrhoea for more than three days and more than five stools per day, talk to your pediatrician.

But, how much diarrhea is normal with teething?

Contact your child’s pediatrician if stooling caused by teething last for more than 5 in a day or frequency is more than twice in a month. Frequent diarrhea might be a sign of a food allergy rather than teething.

Contact the pediatrician if your baby has a fever higher than 101 degrees accompanying with diarrhea, or if your baby seems lethargic or dehydrated.

Young babies can become seriously dehydrated rapidly. Do not wait to contact your doctor if your baby becomes dehydrated.



Usually, no treatment is necessary for babies with mild diarrhea when teething. Preventively you should discontinue milk, formula and milk products except for breast milk.

Give clear liquids, such as herbal teas, drinks specially made to treat childhood diarrhea, for 12 hours to 48 hours, depending on the severity of diarrhea.

When you re-initialize food, start with simple ones that are easy to digest, such as bananas, cereal, rice, applesauce or dry toast. When diarrhea is not under control, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may advice diarrhea medicine (see with doses).

When your child experiences diarrhea when teething, you should ensure that the things he is chewing have been properly cleaned, keep him hydrated, feed him foods that will help control rather than aggravate the condition, and see your doctor immediately if diarrhea persists.

sources: http://www.colgate.com; www.livestrong.com/article/


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