Runny Noses & Teething…Related?

by Kelsey Norwood

in Health,Kid Stuff


My son is getting his first tooth, which reminds me of an experience we had a while ago. When my son was first born, we had a neighbor come to visit with her runny-nosed child. The mother assured me that he wasn’t sick, just teething. THIS IS BALONEY. I asked my doctor about that and she said it just wasn’t true. A runny nose is not a symptom of teething, it is a symptom of sickness.

Because my son was born almost three weeks early and was very small, I was obviously concerned about his not getting sick. It is a kind gesture to visit your neighbor after she’s had a baby, but please please please don’t take your sick children with you! A runny nose is a runny nose and is not caused by teething.

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1 Angie November 13, 2008 at 8:06 pm

I’ve read and been told from a Doctor that nasal congestion isn’t a sign of teething, but with my 2-1/2 year old it was a sign! With EVERY tooth she would get nasal congestion 2 days prior and the day it poked through she’d be over the congestion. She always had this sign and no one around her ever had a cold (she was not in daycare and breastfed)!

2 cherie November 16, 2008 at 9:09 pm

I agree i have a 6 1/2 month old and she is constantly snotty. I asked my gp and he said some baby’s are just like that. She is also obviously teething. She is also breastfed and never in day cares.

3 Kari February 17, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Being a veteran mom and an aunt of 9, running noses and usually fever happen with teething. I do agree that a snotty nose is a snotty nose but try to think of it as an allergy and not an infectious cold. Teeth are all natural but foreign to the body while they are coming in. Our body’s defenses try to kill the foreign body by flushing it through the sinuses or by running low grade fever. Once the body figures out that they are good and not bad it will stop trying to reject them. Hense the disappearance of congestion and fever as soon as the teeth poke through. Symptoms usually improve as the child gets older. Good Luck.

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