Can teething cause nappy rash?

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Teething, which often begins in babies around six months, can be a challenging time for both parent and baby. During this period your baby or toddler may seem ‘out of sorts’ and irritable, with many minor symptoms such commonly being blamed on the ‘teething’ phase.


Symptoms of teething include:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation around where the tooth is erupting
  • General irritability
  • Trouble sleeping or disturbed sleep
  • One cheek flushed
  • Drooling
  • Rubbing the gums, or more biting and sucking

Teething does not directly cause nappy rash. However, nappy rash can be caused by your baby’s skin coming into contact with stool and wee in their nappy, this may increase the likelihood of them suffering from nappy rash. Click here to learn more about nappy rash.


If your baby is teething, there are steps you can take to help prevent nappy rash and also to help them feel better:

  • Make sure their nappies are changed as soon as possible after they’ve been soiled, and use a protective ointment like Bepanthen® Nappy Rash Ointment at every changing, to create a barrier to protect their skin and to help aid in their natural skin recover
  • Giving your baby chilled items to chew on, such as pacifiers or teething rings, can help soothe their sore gums.
  • Speak to your baby’s GP or clinic health nurse for pain relief options.