Does Teething Cause Diaper Rash? - Genexa (2022)

We know it can be hard to watch your baby go through the teething process, and it only makes matters worse when you’re trying to figure out what all the different symptoms of teething are and how to best treat them.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the apparent correlation between teething and diaper rash, and how you can help your baby through the process.

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Teething and Diaper Rash: The Basics

Before we get into the relationship between teething and diaper rash, let’s take a look at an overview of both.

Teething

Teething is basically the process that naturally occurs when your baby’s teeth start to push through their gum line. Although it can often be painful, teething happens to every baby and usually starts when they are 4-7 months old and lasts until they’re about two and a half.

That being said, if your baby starts teething later, there’s nothing to worry about. Just like with walking and talking, the timeline for teething is different for every baby.

The symptoms of teething are different for every baby, but there are a few common ones to look out for. They include:

  • Gums that are swollen, tender, or both
  • The desire to chew on hard objects
  • More crying and fussing than usual
  • Slight fever (if the fever is over 101 degrees, call your doctor)
  • Coughing
  • One cheek is flushed and red (sometimes referred to as teething rash)
  • More drool than usual

Although teething is painful, it shouldn’t cause your baby’s gums to bleed, nor should it result in swelling in any part of your baby’s face. If either of these occur, it’s a good idea to call your doctor.

For the most part, the symptoms of teething start about four days before a new tooth comes in, and last about three days after the tooth pops through.

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Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is the name for the uncomfortable, red rash that sometimes develops on your baby’s bum or around the area of the diaper.

There are two main ways to identify if your baby has diaper rash. The first is if you notice a red, blotchy irritated skin on your baby’s bum, thighs, or genitals. You can also tell if your baby has diaper rash if they seem a little more fussy than usual, especially if they seem uncomfortable during diaper changes.

Diaper rash is common in babies and has several causes such as:

  • Irritation from urine or stool in the diaper. For the most part, stool is more irritating, so it’s a good idea to change your baby’s diaper frequently if they are experiencing diarrhea or generally frequent bowel movements.
  • Sensitive skin is another cause of diaper rash. Babies born with sensitive skin conditions such as eczema are more likely to develop diaper rash.
  • Tight fitting clothing and diapers can lead to diaper rash if they cause repeated chafing and rubbing.
  • As you introduce new foods into your baby’s diet, the content of their stool changes which can also lead to diaper rash.
  • Taking antibiotics can also lead to a diaper rash because antibiotics kill both the bad bacteria causing the infection and the good bacteria that regulates yeast levels. When good bacteria are killed, babies are at higher risk for yeast infections which can result in diaper rash.

Although diaper rash is easy to treat, there are a few things you can do to prevent your baby from developing it in the first place.

  • Make sure your baby’s diaper isn’t on too tight. When a diaper is too tight, air can’t flow through the diaper which causes moisture to build up and increases the chances of diaper rash.
  • Change your baby's diaper often. For newborns, you can change the diaper every 2-3 hours and gradually increase the time between diaper changes as they get older.
  • Leave time for your baby to scoot around without a diaper on. Allowing your baby’s bum time to air dry is a gentle way to dry the skin without causing irritation.
  • Rinse your baby’s bum with warm water before you put a new diaper on to clean the area before a new diaper is on. Make sure you pat (don’t scrub!) the area totally dry after rinsing and before putting the new diaper on.

Does Teething Cause Diaper Rash?

Although teething is often cited as the reason for diaper rash in babies, there is no correlation between the two.

One instance in which teeth can indirectly cause diaper rash is if the excessive saliva created during teething upsets a baby's stomach and causes diarrhea which can lead to diaper rash.

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However, even in this instance, there’s no direct correlation between the two.

Another indirect way in which teething can “cause” diaper rash is if your baby chews on toys that have bacteria on them ,which can upset their digestive system and cause diarrhea. Luckily, this is easy to avoid by regularly cleaning and sanitizing your baby’s toys.

Treatments

While both teething and diaper rash are uncomfortable, there are several ways you can treat the symptoms of both at home and get your baby feeling better.

Teething

One of the best ways to ease the pain of teething for your baby is to give them something cold to put in their mouth. You can use a cold pacifier, clean wet washcloth, spoon, or refrigerated teething toy to soothe the pain. It’s important to remember when giving something cold, like a teething toy, that it’s not completely frozen because frozen toys can be too intense for their mouths.

Another easy way to soothe teething pain is by gently massaging your baby’s gums with your finger, making sure you wash your hands properly before doing so. If your baby doesn’t have any teeth yet, you can let them chew on your finger as well, and if they’re over 9 months old, you can give your baby a little cold water to drink.

If these remedies are not working and you want to give your baby an over-the-counter medicine to help provide some pain relief caused by teething, you can give them Genexa’s . The active ingredient in this medication is acetaminophen which temporarily relieves minor aches and pains. It has no artificial, inactive ingredients so you can breathe a sigh of relief that your little one is only getting the medicine they need to help with the pain, without any additional unnecessary artificial ingredients.

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Diaper Rash

The best way to treat diaper rash is to clean and dry your baby’s rash frequently.

If that doesn’t work and the rash persists, you have a few options.

You can try a mild hydrocortisone or antifungal cream depending on the type of rash. If topical creams are not effective and your baby is diagnosed with a bacterial infection, oral antibiotics are often prescribed.

While you’re waiting for the symptoms of the rash to clear, bathe your baby every day in warm water with a mild, nourishing, fragrance-free soap.

Although there are over-the-counter topical ointments and creams that can soothe diaper rash, there are a few ingredients you should steer clear of when you’re choosing a cream for your baby. Anything with baking soda, benzocaine, salicylates, phenol, or boric acid will likely cause irritation.

For the most part, the safest bet is to go for products specifically marketed for babies.

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Conclusion

It’s often said that teething is a cause of diaper rash, but there is no real correlation between the two. Teething is the process through which your baby’s teeth push through their gum line, and diaper rash is skin irritation that often develops on baby’s bums. Although both can be uncomfortable for your baby, they are easily treatable at home through various remedies and medication.

FAQs

Can diaper rash be related to teething? ›

Teething does not directly cause diaper rash. However, diaper rash can be caused by your baby's skin coming into contact with stool and pee in their diaper,and if your baby is suffering from teething-induced diarrhea, this may increase the likelihood of them suffering from diaper rash.

What helps a teething diaper rash? ›

Wash your baby's irritated skin twice daily with warm water. Gently pat dry to avoid further irritation. Do not rub. Ensuring your baby's skin is completely dry, apply a thin coat of a body rash ointment that is intended to help the skin.

What can cause instant diaper rash? ›

Causes
  • Leaving on wet or soiled diapers too long. The tender skin of babies can develop a rash if wet or soiled diapers are left on too long. ...
  • Chafing or rubbing. ...
  • Using a new product. ...
  • Developing a bacterial or yeast (fungal) infection. ...
  • Introducing new foods. ...
  • Having sensitive skin. ...
  • Using antibiotics.
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What does a teething diaper rash look like? ›

Teething rash usually causes flat or slightly raised, red patches with tiny bumps. The skin may also become chapped. Teething rash can come and go over weeks.

Can teething cause diarrhea and diaper rash? ›

Some parents see a pattern of symptoms when teething begins that includes diarrhea and diaper rash. As we just mentioned, babies tend to drool a lot during this phase.

Why is my baby's poop burning his bum? ›

Stool and urine left in diaper too long can combine to make ammonia. It can cause a mild chemical burn. The fumes when you change the diaper will smell like ammonia.

What's the best home remedy for diaper rash? ›

Baking soda: The highly alkaline salts in baking soda help neutralize the acidity and bacteria caused by diaper rash. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with lukewarm water, and apply to your baby's bottom with a soft cloth for instant relief.

What causes babies poop to be acidic? ›

Studies indicate that pH can be a quick way to measure whether an infant's digestive system has enough beneficial bacteria from a group called Bifidobacterium. When these bacteria break down milk, they produce acids and that acidity shows up in the baby's waste.

Are baths good for diaper rash? ›

Bathing daily.

Until the rash clears up, give your baby a bath each day. Use warm water with mild, fragrance-free soap.

How long does it take for teething rash to go away? ›

The rash may itch but will usually improve on its own within 7–10 days along with the other symptoms of fifth disease, which include: fever.

How do I know if my diaper rash is bacterial? ›

Bacterial dermatitis

The most common culprits are group A Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. With strep, the rash may be bright red and focused around the anus, though it can spread to the genitals. You may even notice blood in your baby's poop. With staph, you might see pus-filled bumps with a red base.

Where does teething rash appear? ›

The most common sites for a teething rash are on the cheeks, mouth, chin and neck—in other words, where drool is most concentrated.

How does teething affect poop? ›

Teething and Diarrhea

Many believe that the increased saliva produced during teething can cause stool to become slightly loose. Keep in mind, diarrhea can be a sign of a more serious infection so contact your infant's pediatrician if the stool becomes watery, because your infant could be at risk for dehydration.

When is a diaper rash serious? ›

Symptoms of severe diaper rash

Your baby's skin is red, raw, broken or bleeding. Your baby has a rash with blisters, pimples (which may drain pus), sores, boils or other red bumps. The rash covers a large area. It may have a bright red border or be worse in the creases and folds.

Why do babies get sore bum when teething? ›

So if the baby cries, or has nappy rash, dry skin or diarrhoea when teething, it is the teething that caused it. Others insist that teething causes excess salivation, which leads to dribbling. The dribbles cause face rashes, and swallowing the saliva causes looseness of the bowels and sore bottoms.

Where does teething rash appear? ›

The most common sites for a teething rash are on the cheeks, mouth, chin and neck—in other words, where drool is most concentrated.

What does baby allergy rash look like? ›

So what does an allergy rash look like on a baby? A baby allergy rash can manifest in different ways, but the two most common signs are hives and eczema. As mentioned above, hives usually show up as pink blotchy welts, while eczema appears as red, dry, flaky patches. Both rashes are itchy.

How do I know if my diaper rash is bacterial? ›

Bacterial dermatitis

The most common culprits are group A Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. With strep, the rash may be bright red and focused around the anus, though it can spread to the genitals. You may even notice blood in your baby's poop. With staph, you might see pus-filled bumps with a red base.

What's the best home remedy for diaper rash? ›

Baking soda: The highly alkaline salts in baking soda help neutralize the acidity and bacteria caused by diaper rash. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with lukewarm water, and apply to your baby's bottom with a soft cloth for instant relief.

What causes babies poop to be acidic? ›

Studies indicate that pH can be a quick way to measure whether an infant's digestive system has enough beneficial bacteria from a group called Bifidobacterium. When these bacteria break down milk, they produce acids and that acidity shows up in the baby's waste.

Should I use diaper cream at every change? ›

Apply ointment liberally as often as necessary, with each diaper change, especially at bedtime or any time when exposure to wet diapers may be prolonged. Don't be concerned about using too much. You can apply as much DESITIN® Maximum Strength Original Paste or DESITIN® Rapid Relief Cream as often as needed.

How long does a teething rash last? ›

The rash may itch but will usually improve on its own within 7–10 days along with the other symptoms of fifth disease, which include: fever.

Is Vaseline good for teething rash? ›

The best way to ease a teething rash is to keep the area as dry as possible to prevent further irritation and allow your baby's skin to heal naturally. Gently applying a little petroleum jelly to the affected area before going outside can protect against the weather. You can do the same before putting your baby to bed.

How many days do teething symptoms last? ›

Teething only causes irritation around the time your baby's tooth is about to break through the gum. The teething period generally lasts for about around 8 days, so longer periods of discomfort (commonly associated with teething) may be caused by something else.

Will Benadryl help diaper rash? ›

For minor rashes where the skin isn't broken, place a wet cloth on your child's rash to reduce pain and itching. You can also use over-the-counter anti-itch creams like hydrocortisone and topical Benadryl. And if your child is older than 2 you can try a weight-appropriate dose of Benadryl or Claritin/Zytrec.

Can diaper rash indicate food allergy? ›

Conclusions: Persistent diaper dermatitis lasting longer than a month may be associated with food allergy. The diaper rash may also be the only indicator of the food allergy. Elimination of the responsible food may allow these patients to recover from persistent diaper dermatitis.

How do I know if my child's rash is serious? ›

Consult your child's doctor if:
  1. A rash or lesion affects the eyes.
  2. Blue, red or purple dots appear in the affected area.
  3. The lesion is crusty, blistering or oozing.
  4. A rash is accompanied by a fever, dizziness, shortness of breath, vomiting or a stiff neck.
  5. A rash is accompanied by any other troubling symptoms.

Why is my baby's poop burning his bum? ›

Stool and urine left in diaper too long can combine to make ammonia. It can cause a mild chemical burn. The fumes when you change the diaper will smell like ammonia.

Are baths good for diaper rash? ›

Bathing daily.

Until the rash clears up, give your baby a bath each day. Use warm water with mild, fragrance-free soap.

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