The process of teething typically occurs between four to seven months in babies, and these tiny teeth will continue to grow until about the age of two. However, some babies start developing teeth as young as three months, and others not until they’re a year old. Teething can be very painful and unsettling for babies and result in unexpected side effects that parents might not know about.
This article answers the question of whether teething can cause gas pain in babies and how parents can cope with this particularly difficult stage of infancy.
Gas results because of many different new experiences that babies have after reaching the age of about four months. For example, infants of this age are trying new foods, crying a lot, and starting to develop teeth.
Because teething can be painful, infants tend to cry more often and swallow more air. When infants are fussier, their breathing is effected and more air is taken in with each breath. This can cause excess gas in a baby’s tummy.
Aside from gas, teething can lead to other conditions that are uncomfortable for babies and are often difficult for parents to manage. Teething frequently causes excess drooling, difficulty sleeping, a decreased appetite, and even slight increases in body temperature. Other common symptoms of teething include biting, gum rubbing, facial rash, and irritability.
Some parents have found that teething may also cause diarrhea, although the physicians’ opinions are mixed on this topic. It is very common for children who are teething to put anything and everything into their mouths to chew on and try to ease the discomfort of teething that they are feeling. If those objects are unclean and covered in bacteria, they could cause digestive issues in the baby that lead to gas and diarrhea.
Another possible side effect of teething in babies is constipation. This is because teething babies may refuse food and drink because they aren’t feeling well. When babies don’t get enough fluids through formula and food, they run the risk of becoming dehydrated. Dehydration is a common cause of constipation in infants.
It can be very difficult for parents to watch their babies suffer through the teething process, but there are some effective ways to soothe a teething and gassy baby. For babies that are experiencing gas, PediaCare’s Gas Relief Drops for infants are recommended and safe to use multiple feedings throughout the day as necessary. It may also help to burp the baby more frequently than usual during feedings to help the digestive process move along more smoothly.
During feedings, parents should keep the baby’s head higher than the tummy and try using a nipple with a slower flow to prevent air bubbles from entering the body as much as possible. Lots of cuddles and attention can help even the crankiest of babies feel happier and less irritable. And if these coping strategies don’t provide relief, it is advised to ask the baby’s pediatrician for advice and whether another medical condition could be to blame for the baby’s gassiness and irritability.
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