Can Teething Cause Vomiting?
Article at a Glance:
- Children will go through their most transformative stages within their first 3 years
- Believe it or not, parents are STILL misinformed about the baby teething process due to lack of information or education
- If your baby is vomiting while showing signs and symptoms of teething, there may be another issue at hand.
Some parents report teething causing vomiting for their growing babies. While it is typical for babies to experience pain or discomfort that leads to lots of drooling, biting, and chewing, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever are not teething symptoms. If your baby has started actively teething with the regularly associated teething symptoms and is also suffering from vomiting, there is a 98% chance these symptoms are unrelated. In most cases, vomiting is caused by an illness such as a virus, not teething.
When Teething DOES Cause Vomiting In Infants
Pay close attention to the symptoms and signs often associated with teething. Among the list of symptoms associated with baby teething, you are likely to see swollen gums and excessive drooling. The excessive drooling may be one cause for your teething baby’s vomiting or rash.
When saliva production is increased during teething, the majority of it is swallowed. Of course, the rest soaks your baby’s clothing, your shoulder, and your furniture. Because saliva contains digestive enzymes that help break down food, swallowing too much saliva may cause an upset stomach that results in vomiting in some babies.
Another possible explanation for vomiting during teething is the presence of bacteria or a virus. It is well known that teething causes discomfort. Babies and toddlers alike tend to try and ease their discomfort by gnawing on any object in reach. Random objects not intended for mouthing and even their own hands may be teeming with bacteria that cause illness, vomiting, and diarrhea. Look for other symptoms of a viral infection, such as a fever or extreme loss of appetite.
While some sources online link teething and vomiting, it is best to consult a medical professional if you notice your child vomiting for over 24 hours.
AAP Study Dismisses Fever, Vomiting & Diarrhea As Teething Symptoms
The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics conducted a study that asked parents of 125 teething babies to record the presence or absence of 18 different symptoms twice per day for each tooth eruption.
The study listed the baby teething period per tooth as 4 days before a tooth erupted through the gums, eruption day, and 3 days after the tooth appeared. This study helped resolve the question of whether teething causes vomiting in toddlers and infants.
The results showed that 35% of teething infants had no symptoms during the 8-day teething period as defined by the study. The remainder of the parents reported typical teething signs and symptoms such as drooling, rash on face, decreased appetite for solid foods, irritability, abnormal temperature, sucking, wakefulness, gum rubbing, biting, and ear rubbing.
In this study, a fever during teething was not common; however, some infants did have a slight increase in temperature (less than 102 degrees), but only prior to and on the day of the tooth actually erupting. Diarrhea and teething also showed a weak correlation.
Vomiting was not a teething symptom that parents reported back at all, which further supports the theory that teething does not cause vomiting.
The doctors involved in the study used the opportunity to remind parents that abnormal “supposed symptoms” of teething include fever over 102 degrees, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased urine, cough, runny nose or any other symptoms that cause babies to act really sick or not like themselves. If these symptoms appear in your child, they should be evaluated by a doctor and not simply written off as a mysterious teething symptom.
To understand the baby teething process, check out the baby teething chart to learn more about the order of which baby teeth tend to erupt. Knowing the order of your baby’s erupting teeth can improve your awareness of teething signs and symptoms, as well as target any symptoms that are out of the ordinary.
Preventing Upset Stomach and Vomiting During Teething
An upset stomach or vomiting could be a sign that your little one is swallowing too much saliva. If your doctor rules out a more severe illness, he or she may recommend a natural or over-the-counter product to help alleviate pain and help your child settle and stop drooling and crying so much.
However, do be advised that the FDA warns against using OTC topical creams, gels, and homeopathic teething tablets to relieve baby teething symptoms. Products that contain benzocaine, which is used as a numbing agent for sore gums, can lead to serious, and sometimes fatal, conditions.
Before administering any medication:
- Seek advice from a medical professional
- Know the ingredients of your baby’s medication
- Know the proper dosage to administer to your child
Beat the vomit to the punch
The best way to prevent any illness and out-of-the-ordinary symptoms for your baby is to be aware of the teething process and remain diligent in observing your baby and the changes that they undergo. Having a clear understanding of the baby teething process can help ease yourself and your baby into a smooth teething experience.
Where to start:
- Knowing when a baby starts teething can help you pinpoint any changes in their mood or activities
- When their mood or activities change, knowing the baby teething order can help you know what to expect, as well as the foods that they are able to eat
- There are typical signs and symptoms that your baby will experience and knowing what those are can help remedy their pain and discomfort
- Baby and baby teeth hygiene: The best way to prevent your infant’s exposure to any bacteria or viruses is to be vigilant in hygiene – that is keeping their hands and toys clean. Brushing their new baby teeth can also prevent cavities.
- Cleaning your baby teething toys: This is self-explanatory. A clean teething toy is a toyless likely to spread bacteria and reduce your baby’s chances of illness.
A Natural Remedy is the Best Baby Teething Remedy
Most typical teething symptoms last a few days before and after the tooth eruption, so be sure to pay close attention to your baby so that you know what symptoms are considered “normal” for them. There are many ways of knowing how to soothe a teething baby.
Often, the discomfort and irritability associated with teething can be easily managed at home with natural teething remedies. Studies have shown gum-rubbing and cuddle therapy as the best remedies to soothe your teething infant. Teething toys, silicone teething necklace, and Baltic Amber teething necklace are other routes used to remedy baby teething discomfort. Always make sure to keep several teething toys clean before giving them to your child.
Kute Keiki offers teething solutions that are hygienic, hypoallergenic, and resistant to bacteria. These food grade silicone teething toys are easy to clean, can go into the refrigerator and attach to car seats and strollers for instant relief for your baby on the go.