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Can teething cause nappy rash?

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Teething, which often begins in babies around six months, can be a challenging time for both parent and baby. During this period your baby or toddler may seem ‘out of sorts’ and irritable, with many minor symptoms such commonly being blamed on the ‘teething’ phase.

Symptoms of teething include:

  • your baby's gum is sore and red where the tooth is coming through
  • one cheek is flushed
  • your baby is dribbling more than usual
  • they are gnawing and chewing on things a lot
  • they are more fretful than usual

Teething does not directly cause nappy rash. However, nappy rash can be caused by your baby’s skin coming into contact with stool and wee in their nappy, and if your baby is suffering from teething-induced diarrhoea, this may increase the likelihood of them suffering from nappy rash. Click here to learn more about nappy rash.

If your baby is teething, there are steps you can take to help protect against nappy rash and also to help them feel better:

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How to protect against the causes of nappy rash:

  • Make sure their nappies are changed as soon as possible after they’ve been soiled, and use a protective ointment like Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment at every changing, to create a barrier to protect their skin against the causes of nappy rash and to help aid in their natural skin recovery.
  • Change your child's nappy five to seven times a day. Let air get to your baby’s bottom as often as possible. For example, let him go nappy-free during winding.

Help to make them feel better, whilst teething:

  • Giving your baby chilled or frozen items to chew on, such as pacifiers, frozen food, or teething rings, can help soothe their sore gums
  • You can also talk to you local health care professional for further advice on pain relief