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my almost 6 month old has a fever of 102.3. can he run fevers with teething? he has no other symptoms and is not fussy at all.

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 26 years experience
See your Dr.: Unlikely that teething would cause a fever that high. Would follow up with your doctor at that young of an age.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Maybe he has roseola: Teething can cause fever but it typically mild. Many children can get cranky, but some are not. Fortunately my kids were not very cranky teething, but drooled quite a bit. Roseola (a common childhood viral infection) can often cause high fever for 3-5 days, then a pinkish rash appears. It is usually a disease of no consequence, but high fever can cause parental concern. Consult doc if he worsens.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Due for an illness: I don't accept fever >101 as teething & am not sure it causes much stress in most infants. By 4mo the protective antibodies passed to baby during pregnancy have warn off & a kid is due for some random viral illnesses. If he is drinking well & wetting a diaper every 4-6h & playful for periods during the day, you may be able to monitor the situation at home.If he starts to act sickly, have him seen.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Teething should not cause fever > 100.5. Fegers to 102 are associated with some sort of illness.
Aug 6, 2012
Dr. Richard Holm
Dentistry 36 years experience
Yes that is normal.: It is very common for teething infants and babies to suffer from a high temp. You may use infant tylenol (acetaminophen) to bring it down. Or hylands teething tablets.

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