Story by: Sara Sidery on January 7, 2022
Teething alone won’t cause diarrhea. A child could have looser stools while teething, as sore gums could encourage them to drink or nurse more, increasing fluid intake. Parents should take it seriously, however, if a child is having diarrhea throughout the day.
“Some parents tend to think that the diarrhea is less serious if it’s only ‘because the child is teething,’” said Joseph C. Pappalardo, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Group – Jeffersontown. “The reality is, diarrhea can lead to a child becoming dehydrated, whether they’re teething or not.”
Teething won’t cause diarrhea, but will bring on relatively minor symptoms such as drooling, a slightly elevated temperature and perhaps more irritability. If your baby develops a fever during the teething phase, something else is probably causing the fever — and you should contact your pediatrician.
Call your pediatrician if you see any of these symptoms. Dehydration is a concern if your child:
Our pediatricians provide routine well checks and preventive medicine, as well as treat minor illnesses and injuries in newborns to teenagers.
For your family’s convenience, we see new patients within 24 hours and offer same-day sick appointments.
(502) 629-KIDS (5437), option 3