Teething & Fever — Are They Related?

Apr 30, 2023 | Blog, Teething

Is your little one reaching their milestones? It is only a matter of time before you notice the white spot on their gums — a tooth ready to erupt! Teething is a significant event that proves your child is growing up; they are one step closer to becoming a toddler. However, with teething comes many symptoms. When the first tooth breaks through the gums, the babies usually experience pain. As a result, they may start being fussy or drool during the teething process, which starts at six months.

Sometimes, though, a baby might develop a slight fever while their teeth are erupting. So, can teething cause a fever? Or is there no relation between the two? In this blog, we will explain all about teething and fever. Carry on reading to explore! And if you have any concerns, visit a pediatric dentist!

Does Teething Cause Fever?

Many parents believe that the fever develops due to teething. In reality, though, there is evidence to support the assumption that teething can result in a fever. While there is a slight temperature strike related to teething, it is not high enough to be classified as a fever.

So why does your child have a fever at the same time that they are teething? Another illness or factor that coincides with teething could be responsible for the high temperature. Therefore, if you think your child has a fever, visit a pediatrician immediately since there is no evidence of teething fever. This way, you can target the cause of fever and keep your baby out of health troubles.

Symptoms of Teething vs. Fever: Identifying What is Troubling Your Baby

Now that you know fever is not a consequence of teething, despite the overlap, it is better to know the difference between the two. Although teething and fever are different for every baby, untreated illness is typically responsible for the fever.

You can identify what is bothering your child by learning the symptoms of each.

Teething

If your baby is teething, the following might occur:

  • Drooling
  • Skin rash on face
  • Pain in gum
  • Chewing
  • Irritability
  • Fussiness
  • Difficulty sleeping

Fever

When a baby has a temperature above 100.4°F, it is agreed that they have a fever. Apart from the high temperature, symptoms of fever include:

  • Sweats
  • Chills or shivers
  • Decreased appetite
  • Irritability
  • Dehydration
  • Body aches
  • Weakness

How to Relieve Teething Symptoms

Here are some ways you can alleviate the discomfort your baby is experiencing from teething:

  • Take a clean, damp cloth, put it in the freezer for about 15 to 30 minutes, and let your child chew on it.
  • Opt for teething rings; also, cool the rings by putting them in the refrigerator for added comfort. Keep in mind, though, to avoid gels, rubber, and other sensitive materials.
  • If your child is eight to twelve months of age, consult your pediatric dentist for teething biscuits and if they’re a suitable option.
  • Rub the baby’s gum with clean fingers, a tiny cold spoon, or a wet gauze pad to relieve the discomfort.

What’s the Takeaway?

If your baby has a fever whenthey’re teething, they are unrelated. Teething and fever may occur simultaneously, but there is no evidence to support that they are related. Your pediatric dentist can explain the entire procedure better. Visit Champions Dental for the best treatments to keep your baby healthy and safe. Dial (281) 866-0442 to talk to us or meet us at 13455 Cutten Rd. Suite 2G, Houston, TX 77069.

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, a Texas native with roots in the Rio Grande Valley, boasts a diverse educational and professional background. After completing his Biology degree at Texas A&M, he transitioned from teaching to dentistry, earning his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Garza’s commitment to excellence for over 15 years, is evident through his extensive education in various dental specialities, culminating in prestigious accolades like the Fellowship Award in 2016 and the Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2020, achieved by less than 2% of dentists. 

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