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Does teething cause fever?

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Dr. Rodrigo Argenal
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, but

No more than in the 100.
X mark. Anything higher may be due to other causes.

In brief: Yes, but

No more than in the 100.
X mark. Anything higher may be due to other causes.
Dr. Rodrigo Argenal
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Dr. Kevin Nail
Yes, teething can cause a low grade fever. Ask your pediatrician what meds they prefer to use for pain and fever. They will probably recommend children's Tylenol but just be sure to ask. Massaging the gum with a cool damp rag or clean finger can help soothe your child.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Teething lowers the immune system along with putting lots of hands in the mouth causes germs and that is what causes fevers.
It is not the teething directly but what happens because of teething. Try giving your child something soothing to suck on when teething to prevent sucking on hands like a frozen banana, cold carrot, cold teether or the like. Tylenol (acetaminophen) when really bad before bed can help too.

In brief: No

Teething lowers the immune system along with putting lots of hands in the mouth causes germs and that is what causes fevers.
It is not the teething directly but what happens because of teething. Try giving your child something soothing to suck on when teething to prevent sucking on hands like a frozen banana, cold carrot, cold teether or the like. Tylenol (acetaminophen) when really bad before bed can help too.
Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maby

Infants rarely run fever before 3mo when immune factors passed before birth have worn off.
Then kids will deal with ~ 5-7 respiratory & 2-3 GI viruses/yr to age 5. Infants tend to mouth things a lot beacuse it gives them pleasure.Often we are faced with a kid with vague sx, low temp, loose stools & no clear way to prove what caused it. ?Teeth, maby;but not for high t. Evaluate when baby is realfussy, .

In brief: Maby

Infants rarely run fever before 3mo when immune factors passed before birth have worn off.
Then kids will deal with ~ 5-7 respiratory & 2-3 GI viruses/yr to age 5. Infants tend to mouth things a lot beacuse it gives them pleasure.Often we are faced with a kid with vague sx, low temp, loose stools & no clear way to prove what caused it. ?Teeth, maby;but not for high t. Evaluate when baby is realfussy, .
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Teething can lead to low grade fever...101-102 and generally for only a day or two. If the fever is consistent and 102 or higher, I do not believe this is just teething and your baby would benefit from seeing your pediatrician.
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics

In brief: Teething fever myth

Teething usually dioes not give fever per se.
Teething babies usually will put anything and everything in their mouth to calm their painful/ithcy gums and get infections and this is the usual cause of the fever and the diarrhea you see in teething babies. Sometiemns you see sympathetic diarrhea to teething.

In brief: Teething fever myth

Teething usually dioes not give fever per se.
Teething babies usually will put anything and everything in their mouth to calm their painful/ithcy gums and get infections and this is the usual cause of the fever and the diarrhea you see in teething babies. Sometiemns you see sympathetic diarrhea to teething.
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Dr. Mandakini Patel
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