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Daisy - posted on 07/24/2010 ( 43 moms have responded )

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My son is 10 months old and with no teeth yet but he is teething very very hard lately. Some nights he's good, others he's not. I only give him ibuprofen at night usually around his bedtime and i don't give him anymore. Lately he has been having diarreah and i am concerned if maybe the ibuprofen is causing this. It's never affected my daughter and it hasn't affected him either til now. He doesn't have a runny nose, nor fever but he is drooling, putting things in his mouth and i thought maybe it could be because of his teething. I really hope it's not the ibuprofen because it really helps him feel better and lasts him all night.

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Missy - posted on 07/29/2010

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I have read in medical baby books that it is common for babies to have diarrhea durring a peak in teething. This should not last more than a few days. Make sure he is getting plenty of fluids. I don't think this could be from the ibuprofen. If the diarrhea continues more than a couple of days I would give the doctor a call to confirm the cause. Have you tryed motrin? I had better results with motrin helping my baby's teething pain. Good Luck!

Iris - posted on 07/29/2010

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Have u tried baby orajel? That also seems to work.. I use to give my son a teething ring.. U put it in the freezer and let it get hard and then give it to him and it helps with freezing the gums during the day !! That helped my son when he was a baby. That is what my dr told me to do..And at night I gave him baby tylenol.

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The reason he has diarrhoea is directly related to the teething. In Chinese medicine the stomach and the mouth are connected. So when the baby is teething his saliva heats up and he swallows it. This cause the acid in his tummy to react. A very simple and effective way of helping this is with some cold Camomile tea. Brew up the camomile flower and let it cool. You only need to give them a few teaspoons. It's very good for their tummy. It completely cleared my daughters sore bum. I hope you try it, it's so simple.

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Kristi - posted on 12/23/2010

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Whatever you do... Just don't give him Oragel or any gum numbing gels. They actually harden the childs gums, making it harder to push the teeth through and causing longer pain. Cold teethers (not frozen), frozen whole peeled carrots (if your child likes carrots), ibuprofen/tylenol when needed, lots of hugs, and bibs for drool! That's about all you can do for teething. As for the diarrea, kids get diarrea when teething. Kids usually get diarrea when they are in a lot of pain... They hardly want to eat when they're in pain.

Kristi - posted on 12/23/2010

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Motrin IS ibuprofen... Check the ingredients! Motrin is just a popular brand name.

Delcine - posted on 08/08/2010

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Teething can cause diarreah. My son did the same thing and He wasn't on any tylenol

Sue - posted on 08/08/2010

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all little ones are different when they teeth -- i keep numbing gel on hand and use ibuprofen only when i they get really cranky -- teething can cause diarea (i dont care what the dr's say) and fever

Nikky - posted on 08/06/2010

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When my daughters were teething they both had bad diarreah, it happens in alot of children

Laura - posted on 08/06/2010

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All my boys would get diarrhea when they were teething, every time. My 2 year old still does as he's getting those last molars on their way. My daughter didn't get it as much, she teethed a lot smoother (actually we didn't even realize she was teething until one day I discovered 2 teeth in her mouth and she was only 4 and a half months old). It seems all children teeth differently and for some it can be a very long run, while others quick and easy. Some only drool while others can get very cranky, have trouble sleeping, get diarrhea and nappy rash.

Amanda - posted on 08/04/2010

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I always thought ibprofen was bad. I've been told to stick more towards tylenol and motrin. Have you tried teething tablets? They can help with the pain and wont knock him out. What about teething biscuits? My husband didn't have his first teeth until after his first birthday and they only pierced through because he fell and hit his chin. Mums are great too.Try a popsicle. Don't cut it open just let him suck on it until it thaws. If he uses a paci stick it in ice water.

Dawn - posted on 08/01/2010

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Have you tried a baltic amber teething necklace? Amber is a natural anti-inflammatory. It works jsut by wearing it. I got one for my son and it did wonders! I wrap it around his ankle at night so it's not around his neck when he sleeps. The lighter colors work best. We got him a yellow one and it gives him a "surfer" type look. LOL A friend told me about them, and I did my own research online. I found mine on ebay for about $10, so I figured why not try it. My son teethed so hard we were willing to do anything. My husband said he didn't care if it was pink as long as it helped. Since we put it on our son we have not had to give him medicine at all. Just make sure it is knotted so if it breaks it won't send the beads flying everywhere.

Serena - posted on 07/31/2010

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All 3 of my boys got diarea when they were cutting teeth. My youngest is 7 months old and he is cutting # 4 and 5 at the same time. I use Ibuprofen for him too but I also use the hyland teething tablets you can get them at walgreens. Also all the drooling your sweet one is doing could cause the diarea just make sure that you keep him hydrated you might want to get some pedilite and give him a little bit cause of the diarhea

Renae - posted on 07/30/2010

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It could be from teething. Many babies get runny poo and often nappy rash when teething. If it persists for more than a few days I would check with the doc just in case its a tummy bug. Some tummy bugs have no other symptoms.

It is unlikely to be from the ibuprofen which is considered safe so long as you stay within the recommended dose, which I'm sure you do.

Sarah - posted on 07/30/2010

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My babies almost always got diarreah right before a tooth cut through. I am not sure why. I just noticed a pattern- diarreah then two days later tooth errupting from the gum. You could try to give him more stool hardening foods such as apple, banana, starches including oatmeal that should help, and make sure he is getting enough to drink if he is having diarreah.
If you aren't sure of ibuprofen as a pain reliever for teething there are holistic pills and liquids out there made specifically for teething they are less likely to upset his stomach, and last just as long as a pain reliever.
Good luck.

Charity - posted on 07/30/2010

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Get Teething Tablets! There are available at just about any pharmacy (I get them at Walgreens or Wal-Mart) They are natural and completely safe. A newborn could use them. They are tiny tablets you put 2 or 3 in their mouth and they dissolve, just like cotton candy; so no need to worry about choking or anything. I have used them for both my children and they work great!! The teething tablets usually work for about 6 hrs too. Orajel didn't work with either of my kids. It taste horrible and doesn't work that long!!

Heather - posted on 07/30/2010

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to give him something to chew on that is soothing peel a big carrot that has been in the fridge. Give that to him to chew on, just pay attention to when those teeth break thru. My son loved his cold carrot we reused the same carrot if it was still healthy looking.

Jennifer - posted on 07/29/2010

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when my son was teething we used homeopathic teething tablets that dissolve in the mouth...they soothed him and helped him to sleep.i think the brand was Hyland's and we got them at Walgreen's.

Kathy - posted on 07/29/2010

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Diarrhea is a common thing with teething. I have known many babies who have it while teething.

MJB - posted on 07/29/2010

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I would say oragel, the teething rings are a good thing, I think, they help the tooth to break through. I try not to give tylenol or ibuprofin unless it is absolutely necessary...my son is older now and has a high tolerance for pain, he refuses pain meds now. If it continues, maybe time to see a pediatrician, (sometimes the nurses are good at advice over the phone too!)

Joy - posted on 07/28/2010

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If he's not eating as much and is drooling a lot, it may just be a water imbalance in his system. My middle son had diarreah with his teething and that's what our doctor said. That's what usually causes diarreah and constipation. I'd check with your doctor though to be sure, I've never heard of ibuprofen reacting that way.

Bonnie - posted on 07/27/2010

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My kids teething was helped with the teething tablets, oragel, infant tylenol, some good chew toys that can be placed into the freezer to get nice and cold, for them to chew on. My niece would throw up and get really bright cheeks, some diarrea when teething...I rubbed oragel on her gums, placed a clean washcloth in the freezer, and also rubbed that on her gums. Along with some infant tylenol. (Tylenol is paracetamol/panadol.) I would also try her on the barley cereal, which is great for tummy issues. (As a kid I would drink lemon barley cordial whenever I had an upset tummy, from Australia). Make sure to mix in a little pureed prunes with his cereal, and that will help him with any constipation issues, along with some extra liquid, to make it more runny than normal. (To help him get in some more fluids, especially if it is hot where you are.) Good luck.

Daisy - posted on 07/27/2010

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I give him oatmeal twice a day and he used to actually eat alot more of oatmeal cereal and it never gave him loose stools but my mom did tell me the same thing so now i'm kind of wondering also...he's not good on rice he gets constipated and not sure of Barley...

Cara - posted on 07/27/2010

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It could very well be the teething that is causing that. When my daughter was little and cutting her first teeth she would get a low fever, spit up a lot and would sometimes get the diarrhea as well. Now that she is getting her 2 yr molars in she doesn't seem to have the fever or spit up but she does have the loose stools. I'd double check with his DR. to be sure, but it's probably just the teething.

Cheryl - posted on 07/26/2010

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get him a hazelwood necklace, the hazelwood draws acids out of the body and its helped a bunch with my daughters teething pains.

Nicole - posted on 07/26/2010

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The diarreaha is probably from the teething. My daughter would get it with teething. The Hyland's Teething tablets and gel worked for 2 of of children. Hang in there.

Reanda - posted on 07/26/2010

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It happens to most babies, my Dr. told me it happens because they tend to not eat and drink as much as they normally would, and all that extra drool gets swallowed (not all of it drips out of their mouths) and that's what causes the runny tummies. As long as he eats some food and keeps hydrated he'll be fine.

Lucy - posted on 07/26/2010

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My family is full of nurses who were on hand to help when mine were teething, so I have a few tips!

Although, technically, diarreha is not caused by teething, it can be caused by stress. I know it is horrible to think of a baby suffering from stress, but teething is really tough for some, so I would suggest this is what might be causing it. It happened with both of my kids.

It is very unlikely to be the ibuprofen, as if there was an allergic reaction you would see other symptoms such as a rash and swelling. Also, such a reaction would be quite rare.

Just to add, if the pain seems to be getting really bad, you can give your little one infant ibuprofen and paracetamol together. This was a life saver for us!

Jenna - posted on 07/25/2010

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It is a myth that teething causes other symptoms beyond pain, slight fever, and a fussy baby. I would say its a slight stomach bug. They don't always come with anything except diarrhea. Also i wouldn't be looking towards the Ibuprofen or the teething for the issue but more towards foods he is consuming or something that coul have been passed to him.

Audrey - posted on 07/25/2010

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they make these teething tablets that seem to work wonders, you should try them, you can get them at walmart and any other drug store. theyre just dissolve in baby's mouth and numb and make it feel alot better.

Tina - posted on 07/25/2010

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I heard that teething can cause diarrhea. I also heard from a dentist the longer the teeth stay in the gums the healthier they are. My daughter only had her top two front teeth @ her first b-day party. She is 9 now and has not had any kind of tooth issues.

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Oh hi again, i saw trying to remember the name of the teething gel i used as well as the camomile tea. IT's called Oragel, you get it at any drug store in America. It's so good. Try not to use too much Ibuprofen as it's not that good for them. Panadol is a better solution

Lydia - posted on 07/25/2010

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lots babies get diarrhea when teething, i don't think it's from the iboprofen.

Daisy - posted on 07/25/2010

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Thank you everyone for your helpful tips and insight, i actually feel much better because i don't want him to be suffering with his teething. I will try the Camomile tea and see if that helps, today he is just non-stop crying...poor thing.

Shylah - posted on 07/24/2010

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all 3 of my kids had more loose poops, sometimes diarrhea, when teething. it can get very acidic and cause diaper rash. i'm an rn and i can tell you that ibuprofen does not typically cause diarrhea (although everyone reacts differently to different things) so i would venture to guess it's the teething causing the diarrhea

Daisy - posted on 07/24/2010

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His diet is pretty much the same, i thought it could be too much Oatmeal but i only give him for breakfast and at night, his last bottle. I heard teething can cause diarreah but not too sure on that, what i am sure of is that he is teething really hard poor thing...

Daisy - posted on 07/24/2010

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Well he is not eating as much as before but he does eat and drink his milk, the problem with Tylenol is that it lasts very short and his gums are swollen..

Nicole - posted on 07/24/2010

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I have heard that sometime teething its self can cause all kinds of things to happen... I have never heard of ibuprofen causing diarreah... has he been having normal bowel movements? And has his diet changed? Those are two other things that may be the corpate!

Christy - posted on 07/24/2010

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Kids typically don't eat or drink as much when teething, maybe the lack of food/drink is causing the diarrhea? Maybe try Tylenol instead.

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