Teething and Snot - Causes, symptoms & effective relief

Teething and Snot - Causes, symptoms & effective relief

Posted by Emma, Snotty Noses HQ on 19th Mar 2024

Teething is a milestone that every parent anticipates, but it often comes with its fair share of challenges.

From sleepless nights to endless drool, the teething journey can be overwhelming for both babies and their caregivers.

But did you know that teething can also trigger nasal congestion and increased snot production?


Let's explore the fascinating connection between teething and snot, backed by insights from medical research.

We will discuss effective strategies and innovative products to help alleviate your little one's discomfort (and restore peaceful sleep to your home.)

Understanding the Teething Process

Before delving into the relationship between teething and snot, it's essential to understand what happens when those first tiny teeth begin to emerge. Teething typically starts around six months of age, although it can vary from one child to another. 

As teeth push through the gums, babies may experience symptoms such as gum swelling, irritability, excessive drooling, and, yes, nasal congestion.

The Link Between Teething and Nasal Congestion

While the direct correlation between teething and nasal congestion may not be immediately apparent, medical research sheds light on this intriguing connection. 

Studies have shown that teething can stimulate the production of inflammatory substances in the body, which may lead to increased mucus production and nasal congestion in some infants. 

Additionally, the act of teething often prompts babies to explore the world around them through mouthing objects, which can introduce germs and allergens into their nasal passages, further exacerbating congestion.

Effective Strategies for Managing Teething-Related Snot.

Now that we understand why teething can contribute to nasal congestion, let's explore some practical strategies for easing your baby's discomfort and minimising snot production:

Gentle Nasal Hygiene

Thanks to tech advances, there are easier, less invasive methods of clearing the nasal passages.

Snotty Boss is a powerful motorised nasal aspirator made for clearing mucus at the source. In 10 seconds, the mucus and snot is suctioned clear, and bub can breathe easier and feel better. 

Snotty Boss can be used in the comfort of home, at any time of day or night. 

It's as easy as using a saline nasal spray (included in Snotty Boss kit) before gently inserting the nasal aspirator into your child's nose. This can help alleviate congestion and make breathing, feeding and sleeping more comfortable for your little one.

You can also use drops from a syringe for a more gentle approach.

Comfort Measures

Provide your baby with safe teething toys or chilled washcloths to soothe sore gums and distract from the discomfort. 

Learn more here: Sophie Toy ,Pram teething charm Bibi Teething Mitt

Additionally, maintain a comfortable room temperature and humidity level to prevent dryness, which can exacerbate nasal congestion. Sleep consultants and paediatricians recommend HUSH Cool-Mist Vaporiser for its larger water tank that produces cool mist all night long. 

Plus, the other built-in features like brown noise, red light therapy, and Bluetooth speaker. Read more about HUSH here.

Teething is a natural developmental stage that can be accompanied by various challenges, including nasal congestion and increased snot production. 

By understanding the underlying mechanisms and leveraging insights from medical research, parents can take proactive steps to alleviate their baby's discomfort and promote better breathing during the teething process. 

As you navigate the intersection of teething and snot, remember that you're not alone – we're here to provide guidance, support, and solutions to help your baby thrive.

Disclaimer: We are not doctors or healthcare professionals or aromatherapists. Our products are offered for sale with general use guidelines provided by the manufacturer. Should any sensitivity to our products occur, please discontinue use. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, and/or take the place of medical treatment prescribed by a doctor or medical professional.