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December 02, 2021

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Teething and Fever: Do They Go Together?

Some of the obvious signs related to teething are shoving fingers in the mouth and drool ... but what else?

Yes, there’s plenty of drool and your baby keeps putting her fingers in her mouth … but what about that fever? Is it related to her teeth pain?

Don’t assume so, says Dr. Amr M. Moursi, spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. If Baby’s fever is above 101 you need to phone the pediatrician as teething and fever don’t necessarily go together.

Baby development experts say teething usually starts around 4 months old and continues until about age 2 or 3 years. Some babies may teeth sooner than others and when they do it’s usually in a predictable manner: first come the two lower middle teeth; next the four upper middle teeth, and after that the incisors (the furthest forward molars), and finally the back molars.

The most common sign of teething in a baby is drool.
Babies will show a desire to chew on things and a possible lack of appetite and crankiness caused by the pain of teeth pushing through the gums. Additional symptoms like fever and diarrhea have been attributed to teething, but doctors disagree on the subject.

It’s true that an infant who is cutting teeth can be miserable at times — although some may seem not to notice.

Here’s help for Baby’s discomfort:

• Give Baby a chilled teething ring or popsicle.

• You can try infant Tylenol or Motrin (be sure you dose correctly). Pain gel is another option which deadens the sensation in the gums for a short period of time, although the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against its misuse.

• Let Baby chew on a pacifier (keep a couple in the fridge so they’re cool)

• Allowing Baby to suck on a cold, wet washcloth is helpful

• The Food and Drug Administration is closely monitoring the use of teething jewelry and other teething pain relief products to evaluate if actions are necessary to address their risks.

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Susan Swindell Day

Susan Day is the editor in chief for this publication and the mom of four amazing kids.