Do babies develop cold 'symptoms' while teething?

Carol - posted on 05/30/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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my son is definitely teething, but I noticed last night hes a bit stuffy, then this morning he had a bunch of 'gunk' in his eye when he woke up. can this be because of the teething? also, hes in the process of being introduced to solid food. if this isnt because of teething and IS a cold, should I hold off on introducing new foods until the cold is gone?

thanks a bunch mommies!

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Kim - posted on 05/30/2009

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My oldest one teethed without issues at all (thank goodness), but my younger one teethed up to 3 teeth at a time. It was terrible. It's not uncommon to have cold like symptoms. If you bite your cheek or tongue, or you poke your gums with a fork, you're very likely to sneeze, and your nose may run. Your eyes, sinuses, etc. are all connected, so having it also appear in the eyes isn't unusual. The gums are just irritated. Do what you can to help him out, and don't worry about the foods. However, he may enjoy new foods better once the symptoms go away. Between the teething and the stuffiness, he may not be able to taste much.

Lydia - posted on 05/30/2009

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Yup - babies can get cold 'symptoms' while theyre teething. I wouldnt change what you are doing cold or teething - unless they start choking on the food or stop taking enough liquids. But that is just me - eating solids while they have a cold wont hurt them so why stop? At the end of the day you have to make a judgement call based on what you are comfortable with.

Jessica - posted on 05/30/2009

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As long as he doesn't develope a rash or hives then it's probably not the food. My daughter had a slight fever the whole time she was teething and thank God they all came out in rapid succession! The eye gunk, I'm not so sure on...

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Michelle - posted on 03/08/2013

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My son is 7 weeks oldcould he be starting to teeth he has a stuffy nose, grabs his ears, screams, some drooling and stuffs as much hands in his mouth and haws on them help????

Lydia - posted on 05/30/2009

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Try wiping a cotton wool ball wetted with cooled boiled water over their eye to keep it clean a couple of times a day. Thats what was recommended to me.

Stephanie - posted on 05/30/2009

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My daughter is teething right now again she is almost 17 months and is getting her molars in right now and it hurts and i feel helpless but she is still her happy self but certain times she gets fussy. Samantha has a runny nose and is congested right now cause of teething and then the doctor said she has a little viral infection too, so i haven't slept in four days now i feel like i have to check on her all the time to make sure she is okay. I am really protective of her and just love her so much and it hurts to see them go through this stage that they have to go through. Oh yeah, sammi is not really eating right now but everyone says she will eat when she is hungary, cause she feels bad, but at least she is drinking alot.

Miranda - posted on 05/30/2009

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every time my son gets a new tooth he has either developed an ear infection or a cold dont be supprised if he gets a rash either lol the joys of teething! and keep up the same routines you already have developed with your son.

Keryn - posted on 05/30/2009

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My GP told me there is no link between teething and fevers or cold like symptoms but all 3 of my kids were snuffly and sometimes had fevers when teething.

Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2009

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Yes, my son went through similar cold like symptoms while teething. I would hold off introducing the new foods until the food is gone. You know how when you're sick, foods taste different? You don't want him to think a certain food tastes yucky, just because he's stuffed up when he tries it for the first time. He's a cutie!

Rachel - posted on 05/30/2009

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All the time!! don't worry about it, kids get reall stuffy when they're getting teeth. Just give him a bit of calpol and plenty to drink and he should be fine.



check teething gels before you use them, a lot of them are acid based and can burn the skin over the tooth

Savannah - posted on 05/30/2009

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Lots of kiddos do get symptoms of a cold when teething. My son is teething, too, and I still keep giving him new foods and he seems to do just fine. Good luck with the toofers!

Carol - posted on 05/30/2009

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oh yeah he still loves the solids, I'm not worried about the ones hes already tried, just worried about introducing ones he hasnt tried yet (ie bananas) because Im not sure if the cold will affect his reaction to it.

I was almost sure that the cold symptoms were a result of the teething, but I wanted to make double sure.

thanks alot ladies.

if anyone else has any advice, please, feel free to share. this is my first baby so alot of this 'teething, colds, feeding' is new to me :)

Ashlee - posted on 05/30/2009

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my son get the runny nose rosie cheeks if your son wants to eat i would still give him solids but if he isn't interested then i wouldn't stress teethin is the worst you feel so helpless good luck

Amanda - posted on 05/30/2009

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Yes my son does get cold like symptoms when teething, and he also gets ear infections.. so watch out for that. Both my boys were like that, but I am sure not all kids are... Also my kids ate solids during teething.. Because if the teeth are slow to come in are you gonna hold off forever? And I know my 7 month old LOVES the puffs, and harder type cookies on his gums it feels nice. He is a nice eater, and already eats 3rd foods.. And toddler bars etc. So I def. think introducing them is a great idea.. and it may help distract the teething aspect.. =)

Lisa - posted on 05/30/2009

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I was looking up information on teething today as I think my son is in the process of teething and noticed that cold symptoms were one of the signs listed. I'm not sure about the 'gunk' you mentioned in his eye...if it continues I suggest seeing your GP. I'm not sure that you should hold off on introducing solids, if your son is ready for them and happy to try them then you should give it a go! Enjoy the messiness of solids :) they are heaps of fun!!

Michelle - posted on 05/30/2009

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They do get cold like symptoms while teething, do hold off on solid foods though, the more nutrition they get they better they sleep!

Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2009

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Yes, my son went through similar cold like symptoms while teething. I would hold off introducing the new foods until the food is gone. You know how when you're sick, foods taste different? You don't want him to think a certain food tastes yucky, just because he's stuffed up when he tries it for the first time. He's a cutie!

Savannah - posted on 05/30/2009

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Lots of kiddos do get symptoms of a cold when teething. My son is teething, too, and I still keep giving him new foods and he seems to do just fine. Good luck with the toofers!

Carol - posted on 05/30/2009

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oh yeah he still loves the solids, I'm not worried about the ones hes already tried, just worried about introducing ones he hasnt tried yet (ie bananas) because Im not sure if the cold will affect his reaction to it.

I was almost sure that the cold symptoms were a result of the teething, but I wanted to make double sure.

thanks alot ladies.

if anyone else has any advice, please, feel free to share. this is my first baby so alot of this 'teething, colds, feeding' is new to me :)

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