December 18, 2019





Does teething cause diarrhea for babies?
“My baby has been putting everything in his mouth since 5 months old to bite. He is passing stool more often last two days and the dyool is yellow and lumpy. Older generations say baby teething causes diarrhea. It is true?”

CheckCheckCin: Some say diarrhea may occur in babies who are teething. However, Chinese medicine does not this concept. The causes of infant diarrhea are mostly due to cold-wind, damp heat, poor eating habits or weak spleen. Babies develop their first teeth at about 4 to 6 months of age. During this period, babies put everything into their mouths. It is inevitable that they will eat bacteria and may cause diarrhea.
As for the colour of the baby’s stool, it is normal to be yellow or green. If it is grayish white, red, or black, it means that there is a problem in the body, and you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. And lumpy stool occurs because the baby’s digestive system is immature, and the breastmilk is not completely digested, so do not worry too much.
If the baby’s diarrhea is mild, you can breastfeed as usual. For babies who are still drinking formula, you can dilute the milk more, or try lactose free or soy based formula to see if the condition improves. Be sure to keep your babies hydrated with water and you can try observing for 1 to 2 days. If diarrhea persists, it is recommended to seek medical attention.

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