A runny nose and teething are often linked, with a significant number of parents and doctors reporting its occurrence during babies’ the teething stage. Some doctors however disagree with this argument. Read on to get a more in-depth on these two issues.
Does baby teething cause a runny nose?
Some parents have reported having their babies develop a runny nose while teething which then brings about the all too common question that is seen in a number of online parenting communities, “Does teething cause this problem?”
Well, the relation between runny nose and teething is a controversial topic, with different medical experts taking different opinions and it is not difficult to see why; teething symptoms vary widely from child to child.
While some experts believe that teething can cause slight cases coupled with mild coughing, others hold the opinion that these symptoms are usually the result of other conditions, particularly common cold.
All medical practitioners, however, seem to agree on one thing though in as far as teething and runny nose are concerned; serious nasal congestion, runny nose, and cough are not an indication of teething but of a more serious problem.
Teething and rhinorrhoea symptoms
The opinion about whether a runny nose is a symptom of teething will essentially vary from one medical practitioner to another. It may nevertheless be worth your time to know some of the common symptoms of teething which include:
- Temperature rise (up to 102°F)
- Drooling (excess saliva): Teething stimulates the production of more saliva to soother the gums. This is usually worse in some kids than in others.
- Gum rubbing: You might also see your little one rubbing her gums very frequently
- Irritability: It is also common for babies to become fussy since the pushing of the teeth against the gum makes it feel sore and painful. Pain is apparently most intensive during the first teeth and subsequently when molars come in (due to their larger size).
- Sucking: It is as well common for babies to suck on their fingers while teething.
- A cough: a Slight cough may result from the presence of excessive saliva in the mouth. This should not be a cause for concern unless a cough seems severe or persistent, or is accompanied by high fever (more than 102°F).
- Chin rash: This is usually caused by constant contact with the increased saliva. This results in skin irritation that manifests itself as a rash on the chin. You can always avoid this by wiping your baby’s chin dry frequently during teething.
- Biting and chewing on things: Babies often bite and gnaw on objects they come across as a way to create a counter pressure that then relieves the pressure exerted by the tooth on the gums.
- Poor sleeping patterns (sleeplessness)
- Loss of appetite due to the soreness of gums
- Increased spitting up
- Rubbing the cheeks and ears (may also pull the ears) as a result of referral of pain to those areas. Keep in mind though that your baby may as well pull the ears as a result of ear infection. You will know if this is accompanied by high fever (over 102F).
These symptoms may as well be an indication of other diseases and conditions, and should thus not be ignored if they seem so severe or persistent, or seem to significantly interfere with your baby’s comfort.
When to be concerned
While a mild case of rhinorrhoea during the teething of your baby may not be a cause of concern, Rachel Berger, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, says that parent should be concerned if their baby’s temperature reaches over 102°F.
Other symptoms that should get you worried, and for which you should seek immediate attention of your pediatrician are:
- A persistent cough
- Low urine output
- Fever that lasts more than two days
Canine and rhinorrhoea
Snooty nose in dogs, or a canine runny nose as you might see some people refer to it, may just mean that the dog is excited about something e.g. to see you home, but it can also be an indication of various conditions and diseases.
Among the most common causes of a canine runny nose are listed below:
As with human beings, dogs and other canines can get allergies when exposed to allergens such as pollen, molds, dust mites, chemical irritants, human dander, and certain foods. As a matter of fact, the WebMD lists allergies as the number one reason for a runny nose in dogs.
Other symptoms associated with allergies in canines are breathing problems, cough, sneezing, nose bleeding, and itchiness.
Allergy tests may help to determine if allergies are to blame after which treatment with antihistamine medications may then be administered. Talk to your vet about it.
2. Foreign objects
A runny nose may also be the result of blockage by objects such as a seed or a blade of grass. You should suspect nose blockage if you canine also sneezes, nosebleeds, or keeps pawing at the nose.
You may remove the offensive object carefully with tweezers, but if that doesn’t seem like a viable option, consider talking to your vet about the condition.
Nasal discharge from dogs could also be an indication of an infection – bacterial, viral, or fungal. Other symptoms that accompany an infection are a bad odor, cough, choking -due to postnasal drip (or sinus drainage) at the back of the throat, and nose bleeding.
4. Nasal polyps
This refers to Non-cancerous tumors in the nasal lining. Surgery is usually required to remove them.
5. Genetic predisposition
Some dogs have a genetic predisposition for a runny nose especially those with flat shaped faces
As the WebMD says, clear, water discharge from your dog’s nose is not a cause for concern, but if it lingers on for long, you should consider calling your vet. The same is also true of nasal discharge that looks cloudy, is yellow or green in color, or has an offensive smell. All these may be signs of infection).