Diarrhea From Teething

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krnj - July 6

My 4 month old ds has had diarrhea the past week. My pedi said that it's from him swallowing saliva from teething. Has anyone else heard of this? Thanks in advance!

 

Narcissus - July 6

Yes, I have mentioned this before on here. Teething causes your baby to salivate more than normal and it's the excess saliva that loosens your baby's stools. My son would also cough more than normal from swallowing so much saliva.

 

krnj - July 6

Thanks Narcissus, is there anything you can do for the diarrhea?

 

Narcissus - July 6

Make sure to keep his b___t dry during changes, so the skin does not get more irritated. Also, check his diaper often so you can change a soiled diaper immediately before it causes diaper rash. Whenever my son has diarrhea, he gets diaper rash. You may want to use the sensitive soft cloth baby wipes during diarrhea so the cloth does not irritate his skin more than it already is. There is not much you can do to stop the diarrhea at his age bc you cannot discontinue dairy and use the BRATY diet, as is recommended for older babies. Make sure to check his diaper regularly to be sure he is pooping and peeing normally and watch to make sure he is not getting dehydrated. Small but frequent re-hydration is the best way to treat this type of thing. Did your ped recommend adding an oral electrolyte solution to his diet? I would call and ask bc diarrhea can lead to an electrolyte imbalance very fast and that's definitely a bad thing.

 

Rabbits07 - July 6

I have heard of it, too. I would just do as Narc said and try to keep his little tush from getting raw. I have found pure 100% cornstarch to be excellent when they have the squirts. You can buy it at the grocer's for like $1 a box. Use 2-3 tablespoons and place in the 'tush' area of the diaper. It absorbs any bm that the diaper doesn't soak up and helps tremendously in keeping them from getting irritated. You can use more if he's having really large bm's and it's totally safe.

 

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