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Runny nose - is this normal?


Often the scenario is similar. The baby is not sick, the child is healthy as a fish ... until teething begins. Then except irritability, tearfulness, often appears nasal congestion, heavy breathing, runny nose and even coughing and increased temperature. First thought - an infection develops. However, it is not always the fault of viruses or bacteria, the cause may be a growing tooth or several teeth that break out at once. Why develops a runny nose when teething and how to distinguish a "normal" infection from the symptoms associated with tooth eruption?

When does runny nose appear when teething?

Runny rhinitis develops most often in the youngest children, babies. It is rarely a symptom that accompanies older children who already have permanent teeth.

There are at least two reasons. A small child usually has weaker immune system than his older colleague. The infant's immune system is underdeveloped and cannot cope with resisting danger. The second reason is different habits. During teething, babies like to put their hands in their mouths, massage their gums with toys, which results in the transfer of bacteria and viruses to the mouth and the development of infection.

Is it a runny nose or a cold?

Infants and young children can be have even a cold a few times a year. The teething period is so long that infections often coincide with teething.

Because of this, even a doctor may find it difficult to tell what is the specific cause of the symptoms - whether an infection develops or if a runny nose appears as a result of tooth eruption. The experiences of many mothers and daddies show that very often teething is accompanied by:

  • subfebrile condition and even a fever of 40 degrees,
  • watery, abundant transparent runny nose
  • cough - especially in the evening when falling asleep, at night and in the morning - resulting from secretions flowing down the back of the throat,
  • irritability, trouble sleeping,
  • less appetite
  • diarrhea,
  • fever,
  • overproduction of saliva.

In addition to the above symptoms, it is not uncommon for a child to be accompanied by gum pain, which impedes normal activity, and often prevents a good night's sleep.

How to deal with a runny nose when teething?

A runny nose is a symptom, not a disease, but you should not ignore it.

First of all, if the runny nose is accompanied by teething, it is worth:

  • nebulization with sea salt, which will thin the runny nose and facilitate cleansing the nose,
  • remove nasal discharge using an aspirator,
  • if the temperature is very high - give an antipyretic medicine,
  • often try to lay the baby on his tummy and wear in an upright position.

A runny nose usually lasts up to a few days and ends when the tooth breaks out. Symptomatic management allows to alleviate the unpleasant symptoms associated with teething.

In case of any doubts: prolonged runny nose, deteriorating child's condition, it is worth consulting a doctor.