Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Beth Skwarecki
Teething is a natural process that all babies go through as their primary teeth begin to emerge through the gums. During this time, many parents may notice that their baby is fussy, drooling more than usual, and has difficulty sleeping.
Along with these symptoms, some parents may also notice that their baby develops a diaper rash. This leads to the question: can teething cause diaper rash? In this article, we will discuss the possible connection between teething and diaper rash, as well as some tips for managing both conditions.
What is Teething?
Teething is the process by which an infant’s first set of teeth (also called primary or baby teeth) emerge through the gums. The process usually begins around six months of age and can continue until a child is around three years old. During teething, a baby’s gums may be swollen, red, and tender, and they may drool more than usual, be fussier than usual, and have difficulty sleeping.
Some babies may also have a slight fever, although this is rare. The first teeth to typically come in are the lower front teeth (central incisors), followed by the upper front teeth (central incisors), and then the rest of the teeth in the following order: upper and lower lateral incisors, first molars, canines, and second molars.
Can Teething Cause Diaper Rash?
It is possible that teething can cause diaper rash, as the increased drooling associated with teething can lead to more moisture in the diaper area, which can create an environment that is conducive to the development of a diaper rash.
Additionally, the increased gnawing and fussiness associated with teething may also contribute to diaper rash by disrupting the normal routine of changing and cleaning the baby’s diaper. However, it is also important to note that there are many other potential causes of diaper rash, such as a yeast infection or sensitivity to certain baby wipes or diapers.
What Are The Symptoms Of Teething And Diaper Rash
Symptoms Of Teething Can Include:
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Fussiness or irritability
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Biting or gnawing on objects
- A slight fever (although this is rare)
Symptoms Of Diaper Rash Can Include:
- Reddened, irritated skin in the diaper area
- Small red or pink bumps or blisters
- Slight bleeding or oozing (if the rash is severe)
- Itching or discomfort in the diaper area
It is important to note that some babies may show no signs of discomfort or irritation even if they have diaper rash. To prevent and cure diaper rash, it’s crucial to often inspect the baby’s diaper region and take the proper precautions.
How To Prevent Teething Diaper Rash
Here are some tips to help prevent teething-related diaper rash:
- Keep The Diaper Area Clean And Dry: Change your baby’s diaper frequently and clean the diaper area thoroughly with warm water and a mild, fragrance-free baby wipe or soap. Let the area air dry or gently pat dry with a soft cloth before applying a new diaper.
- Use A Barrier Cream: Apply a diaper cream or ointment that contains zinc oxide or petroleum jelly before each diaper change to create a barrier between the skin and the wet or dirty diaper.
- Avoid Tight-Fitting Diapers: Choose diapers that fit well and aren’t too tight around the waist and legs, as this can cause chafing and irritation.
- Avoid Products That Can Irritate The Skin: Avoid using baby wipes or diapers that contain fragrances, dyes, or other potential irritants, as these can contribute to diaper rash.
- Keep Your Baby’s Face Clean And Dry: Excess drool can cause a rash around the mouth and chin, so keep a clean, soft cloth or burp cloth on your hand to wipe away drool as needed.
- Monitor Teething Symptoms: Watch for teething signs like excessive drooling, and increase the frequency of diaper changes during these times.
The increased drooling associated with teething can lead to more moisture in the diaper area. Increased gnawing and fussiness may also contribute to diaper rash. The best way to avoid and manage diaper rash is through frequent diaper changes, keeping the area clean and dry.
Beth is Cloudmineinc’s senior health editor and a certified personal trainer. She has over 10 years experience as a science journalist and is the author of two books. She deadlifts over 315 lbs.