High Fever is Not Typical Symptom of Teething

It has long been assumed that when infants post a high-grade temperature; teething is to blame. However, while teething can slightly increase the temperature of an infant the day before and the day of the first breakthrough of a tooth; high temperatures are not a common symptom.

Generally, babies will begin teething around the four-month mark, cutting the first two primary teeth on the bottom. In the following two months, the top four teeth will begin the emerge, with most children having all of their teeth by the age of three.

Research has indicated that there is no direct correlation between cutting a tooth and a high fever. While symptoms such as irritability, increased drooling and other occurrences that are traditionally associated with teething remained possible symptoms, researchers were unable to tell which babies involved in the research were teething based solely off those elements.

Several studies have been conducted in an attempt to identify distinct symptoms associated with the beginning of teething. These studies have indicated that babies were more prone to runny-noses, diarrhea, lack of appetite and poor sleeping the day before cutting a tooth. Additionally, the temperatures of infants rose slightly the day before and the day of teething, but still stayed well within a healthy range.

Experts involved in these studies have indicated that for the most part, the way a child responds to cutting a tooth varies on an individual basis. Some symptoms are slightly more common than others, but a combination of potential symptoms can vary greatly. However, one aspect remains certain, high-grade temperatures are not a direct result of cutting a tooth. So it is important for parents to seek treatment for their infants if they have a high temperature; regardless if they are teething or not.

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