Can Teething Cause Fever in Babies?

Teething in baby

Yes, teething can sometimes cause a mild increase in body temperature in babies, but it’s important to note that teething alone does not typically cause a high fever. The slight elevation in body temperature during teething is often referred to as “teething fever.”

When babies are teething, the process of new teeth emerging through the gums can cause discomfort and irritability. This discomfort might lead to increased drooling, chewing on objects, and putting fingers or toys in their mouths. Some babies may experience mild symptoms like:

  • Slight increase in body temperature: Teething may cause a low-grade fever, usually below 100.4°F (38°C). However, if a baby develops a fever higher than this range, it’s important to consider other potential causes unrelated to teething.
  • Irritability or fussiness: Discomfort from teething can make babies more irritable or restless than usual.
  • Swollen or tender gums: The area where new teeth are emerging might appear red, swollen, or tender.

While teething can lead to mild symptoms like a slightly elevated body temperature, other signs of illness such as a high fever, severe diarrhea, persistent vomiting, or other concerning symptoms are not typically associated with teething. If a baby experiences a high fever (above 100.4°F or 38°C), it’s essential to consider other potential causes of fever and consult a healthcare professional to rule out any underlying illness or infection.

Parents can provide comfort measures for babies experiencing teething discomfort, such as gently massaging the gums with clean fingers, giving a teething ring to chew on, or offering chilled (not frozen) teething toys. If a baby’s discomfort or symptoms are concerning or persistent, seeking advice from a pediatrician or healthcare provider is recommended for proper evaluation and guidance.

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