Eczema And Teething

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Eczema And Teething

It may sound odd, but many parents experience a spike in their children’s eczema when teething begins, and chances are it’s not just coincidental. Teething is an extremely important part of any child’s growth. It symbolizes that their body is becoming ready to digest new foods and work towards a more complex diet with greater independence. The first teeth a child gets are a rite of passage of sorts that celebrates their growth, health, and a brand new array of foods they’ll soon get to sample! The issue comes up when teething causes aggravation in eczema or just the teething itself! Many parents notice that when teeth start breaking in, flare ups and skin issues get worse. So what’s the correlation and what can you do to help your child have an eczema-free teething experience? Let’s explore! Oh, and I’ll even share my new favorite way to calm teething pain below.

Stress Bites!

Teething is not something many children enjoy. Cutting teeth can be painful, irritating, and stressful – and it can go as far as preventing a good night’s sleep, eating, or having a good mood in some kids. Currently, my son is teething and he would fall into the “misery loves company” category, if there were categories. When new teeth start making their way through the gums, your child can also go through a great deal of stress and anxiety. The verstant pain that teething causes plus the addition of new things into the mouth can be really stressful for even the most resilient child. For this reason, the whole teething process should be handled with care – especially in kids who have eczema or other stress-aggravated issues. At the moment, my son really loves the idea of new teeth, he’s got the hang of gripping and biting food. However as fast as he’s up, he can quickly crash into a vortex of pain. The pain and discomfort seems to take over him. Pain management has proven to be tricky.

How Teething Aggravates Eczema

The main reason why teething and eczema seem to go hand in hand is stress, fevers, and drooling. I’ll explain. Any time your child goes through a good deal of stress, pain, or anxiety, the immune system may over-react, over-correct, or perform poorly. It can be hard to predict how the delicate immune system of a child will over-react or under-react when stress is present, but for kids with eczema the answer is usually an itchy one in a few places in particular, around the mouth, cheeks and sometimes your child’s usual spots. Another reason why teething triggers eczema: fevers. Teething can bring on cold-like symptoms, including fevers & runny noses. The over-heating of the body can send eczema in a frenzy. Combat this by:

  • Keeping your little one cool
  • Reduce fevers with cool towels or a cool bath
  • Essential oils like peppermint in a carrier oil rubbed on their chests can reduce elevated temperatures.
  • Teething necklaces have shown to help reduce and/or eliminate teething symptoms

And let’s not forget one of the first signs of teething….. Excessive drooling. At first it’s cute, then overwhelmingly…wet! Sometimes having a constantly wet or moist face or mouth can allow eczema to creep in. Be sure to keep your child’s skin dry and moisturized so drooling does not create a few extra irritated spots. Did I mention, teething affects sleep for both mom and baby? Pain management in the wee hours of the morning and night may be necessary to continue with the night’s rest. Having a cool drink of milk, teething tablets and a few other tricks up your sleeve may help reduce the length of time your little one is awake. Between stress hormones, pain, immune response, and growth, it’s no wonder why eczema may use teething as the perfect opportunity to flare up. The good news is that there are some more simple things you can do to keep both under control. Related: Scratching and Temper Tantrums

Dealing With Eczema And Teething

Here are a few things you can do to help minimize the negative effects of eczema and teething…

  • UPDATE: Just came across this teething New fav of ours. Lavender + Coconut Oil (or a carrier oil) rubbed on their cheeks. Not only does it calm them down, it reduces the pain in minutes. I rub a very diluted amount tiny bit on my littles gums too. #LOVE. Crying, whining, everything stopped in a couple of minutes. 
  • Have topical skin creams and treatments on hand at the first sign of a flare up.
  • Probiotics are a great way to reduce eczema flares before they begin.
  • Explore pain relief options from traditional to all natural. Homeopathic teething tablets, amber teething necklaces and/or hazlewood necklace for eczema, & cool compresses.
  • Have teething toys on hand to help your child relieve stress, soothe their gums, and keep their mind busy. Sometimes allowing a child to chew on a simple cool hand towel is a great (and inexpensive) option for those first teeth.
  • Extra sleep! An extra nap or 3 occur due to the lack of sleep at night.
  • Keep a close eye on any aggravating foods during the teething process to help keep your child’s system as stress-free as possible.
  • Create a calm and soothing environment during teething. For kids who react to this process, every little thing helps! Light music, and lots of sleep!
  • If scratching becomes an issue, cover their fingers until the scratching subsides! ScratchMeNots can get the job done quickly & effectively.
  • Work closely with your child’s doctor to get the best new information, medications, and solutions to these and other issues that your child with eczema may deal with.

Teething can prove to be rather difficult. Some children breeze by without one symptom, while others seem to be miserable and extra clingy. If your child’s teething symptoms are a cause for concern, don’t hesitate to ask other parents who have been there, done that and your child’s doctor for further direction. A special thanks to our ScratchMeNot Moms – Marissa & Kay  for some great teething tips! Related: What Nails Say About Your Health

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  1. Marissa
    Marissa04-10-2013

    Glad I could offer some help, and my heart goes out to all mommas dealing with this right now!

  2. Ellie
    Ellie04-15-2013

    My son is 9 months old and cutting 4 teeth on the top row in addition to his 2 on the bottom. He was diagnosed with eczema/atopic dermatitis at 3 months old. I believe he has gotten so into the pattern of scratching when he feels miserable that the teething discomfort makes him do so out of habit. Moisturizing and an additional soaky bath in tepid water are some of the extra things we’ve been doing to help keep him settled down. I love this article and am so glad that there are people putting good advice and good products out there for moms of babies and children with eczema.

  3. Teething necklace
    Teething necklace11-12-2013

    I haven’t heard anything about eczema before. Thanks for informing me.

  4. Krystal
    Krystal02-11-2014

    And here I was thinking teething was bad enough. Those poor kids with Eczema

  5. Amanda
    Amanda02-22-2014

    My daughter has eczema really bad and ive tried everything. Changing bath soap, lotion, laundry soap and nothing helped. So I was thinking back to the time she got eczema and it was the same time she got teeth. Well shes five months with five teeth and eczema. Im glad I came across this post. Thank you for sharing

    • smn
      smn02-24-2014

      So happy that you figured out one more piece to this eczema puzzle. Everyone is different which makes it that much harder. I’ve heard that amber necklaces really help with teething and eczema! Maybe it’ll work for you 🙂

  6. amber teething necklace
    amber teething necklace05-06-2014

    Many thanks ! for information about eczema

  7. Person
    Person09-09-2014

    Thought this was useful info but now feel it’s all discredited by the avocation of amber :/

    • smn
      smn09-23-2014

      🙂 If you aren’t a fan of amber, then there’s no need to use them. I hope there was some tips above that can help.

  8. Bob Nelson
    Bob Nelson03-16-2015

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’m so glad you were able to go steroid free.

  9. aswini
    aswini04-13-2015

    Hi,

    I am mom for 6 month old. She has been scratching from 3 months. And she scratches when she is tired and wants a sleep but she cant fall asleep easily. She always scratch to bleed. Can it be teething and eczema? how can i treat her. she is not sleeping through the night from 3 months but actually she was a good sleeper until 3 months. I found your website good and helpful. Thank you

    • Heather
      Heather06-25-2016

      This is my daughter! Exactly the same. She has not slept through the night since 3 months. She scratches when she is tired and she scratches to bleed. I’ve used neosporin to try to repair skin, but not sure what else to do. She is 8 months now.

      • Andrea
        Andrea07-12-2016

        Teething is such a hard season! Stay encouraged and know that it will pass. Until then, I hope the tips in this post will help you. Also, take a look at detox baths post as a way to calm & relax her at night.

  10. Abelle
    Abelle10-20-2015

    Thank you for posting this.My son is 5 months and starts teething.He has been diagnosed with eczema when he was 3 months old. He has difficulty sleeping at night and his skin turns red.Thank u for your information about eczema.

    • smn
      smn11-06-2015

      Thank you for reading! This helped us so much when our little ones were teething! Still have a teething necklace nearby just in case. Hope his sleep is getting better 🙂

  11. steven h
    steven h01-07-2016

    At 44 years old, I would still get excema on face, I have tried everything, and some thing work but somethings do not. For the last 3 months, I have been using the Made From Earth “Pure Aloe Vera Treatment” and yes. unbelievably it helped tremendously! I could not believe it. I threw away all my other creams and lotions. You can do it also – just keep trying things until you find the right product for you.

    • smn
      smn01-07-2016

      Thanks for the encouragement and a solution that you’ve found to work!

  12. Jennifer
    Jennifer03-15-2016

    Thank you so much. All my worries are gone. Bcoz my 7mos old baby girl is suffering from some rush over her face , im far from her so i am so worried crying coz i dont know whats happening. they go pedia already and just now my mother told me she’s having her teeth. And now i know where are those rushes came. Thank you

    • Andrea
      Andrea04-02-2016

      Wonderful!!! So happy this helped you 🙂 It’s so challenging to figure out eczema at times.

  13. Emily
    Emily05-29-2016

    Teething can be a difficult time for babies (and parents!). Try putting frozen grapes into a mesh feeder bag. This seems to help with the pain of teething.
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  14. Kanisha
    Kanisha04-01-2017

    My 6 month old grandson finally has relief..nothing the doctor could prescribed help him we tried everything but after researching We got foderma serum and now he can finally get relief from the itching and scratching and crying and his skin is so much clearer now. I highly recommend foderma serum.

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