Can teething cause a runny nose?

I'm a first time mommy so I don't know what the deal is. My 8 month old has been drooling really bad for the last week but has been showing "signs" of teething for close to 6 months! The last couple days he's been a little stuffed up and his gums are finally swollen so I'm expecting teeth anytime now right? How soon after their poor little gums are swollen can I expect teeth? Also, the stuffed up nose has me puzzled. I know Peds always say that teething doesn't cause a fever or runny nose but he's not sick. Does teething cause a runny/stuffy nose and a slight temp or is he getting a cold?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:36 AM on Oct. 29, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I have the same problem my son has been very stuffy for a few days and he had two nights where he woke up every hour on the hour. I was so tired I called the doctor and he told me my son was old enough to give him motrin just before he went to bed. Well that night he did only woke one time the next not at all. I haven't given him motrin since then but my ped said that he will get children's zertec for two days to see if it helps with the nose and cough because he thinks its allergies. However if that does not help with the stuffines the only answer is his teething is causing his nose to be stuffy. The one way to help is use sailen drops and then sucktion it out. I would do this three times a day. It really helps with the nose and a humidify is great two also elevating the bed. I say this works because the past week my son has only woken up one time I feel so rested.

    Answer by pinkcat773 at 3:52 PM on Jun. 17, 2010

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  • My son's Dr. has told me that congestion or runny nose can be a teething symptom she's even admitted that although no medical reason exists for fever to be a symptom of teething she see's it happen frequently. My son has had the runny nose with his new teeth coming in, he tends to get his teeth in groups of three. LOL... I Don't know if that helps but its a second opinion I guess. GOOD LUCK!

    Answer by MommytoGRP at 9:41 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • Oh, the ped who told you that teething doesnt cause fever is a total uneducated doctor. Must have won his doctors license in the lottery ;)

    Fever is one of the most side effects of teething. The stuffed up nose, im not sure about. That could be a little cold.

    The drooling and the swollen gums is a sign of teething and your little one is at the right age to get the first tooth. :)

    My daughter started "teething" when she was 3months old. Swollen gums, drooling more than usual, thank god no fever. Almost 2 months later she got her first tooth. The 3rd and 4th teeth came with fever.

    I heard that usually babies dont start teething until they are 10months old. But all the mommies i know have babies that started teething at 3-5months.

    If your boys nose is getting worse he probably has a cold. But everything else are signs of teething also.

    Answer by m.robertson811 at 9:43 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • Like what the PPosters have been stating, it could be a little of both....... Now you'll know it is a cold if your son starts to coughing and the runny nose gets really gross-and you are wiping it constantly! I know my daughter has a cough-but she's had it for 2 1/2weeks now-but it has gotten better just not gone away! She is almost 6mo. old now, and she shows signs of teething.... She chews on EVERYTHING she can put into her mouth-part of that obviously is normal discovery but she will "chew" or gum on as many of her toys in her Exersaucer she can and any that she has while having tummy time! She also chews on her hands, bib, our fingers, etc.!! Plus, she DROOLS constantly!! I have to change up to 5bibs per day plus 1 or 2 when it is solid food time!

    Answer by MR777 at 10:22 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • My little one in 7 1/2 months has been "teething"- so sick of hearing that... since 3 months.. Chomping on everything, little drooler. This past week she has been getting broken sleep (she's an all night sleeper usually), drooling excessivly.. and chomping on her entire fist. She also has a stuffy nose, and her temp has been going up and down. Doc said she is fighting off a cold, but I think its both. She also licks the inside of her mouth to one side.. and even has two bumps where her bottom two teeth should be.. Sorry for the babbling. I hate "teething"- or at least the broad use of the term. She still does not have any teeth, btw

    Answer by ZoeKatsMom at 10:47 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • My son is almost 11 months and has 8 teeth your def should see some teeth soon, if you get somthing for you child to chew on we baught a leather strap for him to chew on and thats because i heard it helps the teeth come in and it sure did help with in a couple days two were starting to pop out, and with the stuffy noseyou can go to your childs doc, i use a nose drop thats called little noses you can use it of course your baby wont like it but it helps clear the nose and helps them breath a little better..

    Answer by mblucky at 10:55 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • Oh yea and yes teething sometimes does give your child a cold like syptems my son always got it when he started teething..

    Answer by mblucky at 10:57 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • I have a 6 month old and she cut her first tooth 2 weeks ago. What's weird is that she didn't show any unusual sign, just the normal ones - slight rash, chewing on everything, and drooling excessively with a little bit of fussiness.... But now, she has a slight fever - only occasionally - and now she's all stuffed up and her nose is running clear liquid... I got worried so I came on here. She doesn't seem sick at all, she's just stuffy/runny and wakes up like every hour at night -- eeek! I guess other teeth are on the way...

    If her symptoms get worse, I'm going to call the ped, but for now I'm assuming that this is all part of "teething"...

    Answer by Paula2009 at 6:49 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

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  • I found the link I posted underneath to be very helpful. Apparently colds and teething often coincide, as is the case with my 7 month-old daughter right now. It's certainly not fun, but probably nothing to worry about. Our pediatrician told me that teething can weaken the immune system and make the babies more susceptible to colds, etc.

    Answer by acs82 at 3:12 PM on Jun. 19, 2010

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