Many babies will have runnier poo or a different coloured poo (remember that newborn poo chart!) and will often suffer from nappy rash. We used cloth nappies for all of ours and had very little nappy rash, but it was pretty awful every time new teeth were coming through. With all three it was, without doubt, the worst nappy rash we had!
If your baby suffers with this too, make sure they get lots of nappy-free time with the air on their bottom, change nappies often, and use cloth rather than disposables if possible when they do have to wear a nappy. Liberal application of a baby barrier cream like Bepanthen® was a lifesaver too to help protect against the causes of nappy rash!
How can I help my teething baby?
We were quite lucky as all of our girls were late teethers and not too bothered by their teeth coming in. But we didn't get off scot-free, so here's what worked for us, all natural and side-effect free:
Offer lots and lots of comfort and cuddles. Spend as much time interacting with baby as possible, playing and keeping him busy and distracted from the pain.
2. Breastfeed on demand.
This is one of those times breastfeeding comes into its own, providing comfort, warmth and perfect mummy time for as long as baby wants and needs it. And if you think they're 'comfort feeding', so what? If comfort is what they need, let them.
3. Cold foods.
Once your baby is eating (not before 6 months), offer them cold apple puree straight from the fridge or ice-cold sticks of cucumber, watermelon, apple, pear or nectarine to suck and chew on.