Teething Cough

Coughing is one of several signs of teething which occurs due to extra drooling at this time. This increased saliva production affects the baby's chest and results in symptoms which are similar to the common cold.These include ear ache, runny nose, cough and a mild temperature.

Post nasal drip and teething

Post nasal drip is the name given to the trickle of mucus down the back of the throat from a runny nose. Now we know that a runny nose is one of several signs of teething so don't be surprised that this excess fluid along with the copious amounts of drool cause problems such as this. This fluid drips down the throat which irritates this area and the chest, resulting in a cough. This happens to adults as well except that we can't claim teething to be the cause and get lots of sympathy as a result.

Is a cough likely to be the sign of something else other than teething?

A word of caution: your baby may have a cold or chest infection instead of teething as the symptoms are very similar. If your baby has a high temperature, is off her food and has problems breathing then speak to your GP. Another factor is that babies often have a cough which is a normal part of their development. This may be due to an allergy, a mild infection, problems while feeding or putting objects in the mouth which contain germs. A single episode of coughing may not be something to worry about but if it is accompanied by other symptoms then again, speak to your doctor. Your baby will have a cough and several other symptoms before their teeth break through. So, this can be seen as a temporary state of affairs. Once the teeth have broken through