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Baby Teething And Fever – Are They Related?

Teething bites. Literally.

If there is one stage of infant development that I dread most, it is most definitely teething. Most babies usually start teething somewhere between 4 and 7 months, but can be as early as 3 months and as late as 15. Each babies experience is so different, but there are some common symptoms that are normal, some that need a closer eye, and possibly a visit to your doctor or paediatrician.

How To Tell If My Baby Is Teething

  • Drooling – Babies around 3 months start to drool, so this may or may not be related to teething
  • Sucking – Can help relieve gum pain
  • Biting – Also helps relieve pain on the gums
  • Sudden waking through the night – Baby will be woken by mouth discomfort
  • Teething rash – Due to the increased saliva around the mouth. Usually red, chapped rash
  • Diaper rash – Can be caused by change of appetite, and diarrhea
  • Gagging and coughing – Due to increase of saliva production
  • Crying and irritability – Triggered by pain from teeth coming through gums

How Can I Help?Marlow

As mothers, we hate to see our babies in pain. Here are some great ways that you can help your little one through this tough time.

  • Cold wash cloth – Dip in cold water, or make ahead and store in the fridge and roll up and give to baby to chew on. The chewing motion creates counter pressure on the gums, and the cold cloth feels good on inflamed and swollen gums.
  • Teething toys – These come with different textures to gnaw on and create counter pressure on the gums to relieve pain. Keep these in the fridge as well and offer them to baby chilled. Avoid putting them in the freezer, as they can break open when frozen, and cause damage to baby mouth if too cold.
  • Massaging your babies gums – Wash your hands and give baby a finger to chew on
  • Pain Relievers – If your baby is old enough, you can give small amounts of Ibuprofen or Tylenol to help ease the pain

What Should I Avoid?

  • Amber Teething Necklaces – As adorable as these little babies are, they are a huge choking hazard. There are not enough studies to show whether these work or not, it is unlikely that babies body would get warm enough to release the succinic acid in the amber to have a pain relieving effect.
  • Numbing Gels & Creams – If you choose to use one of these, try to find products without benzocaine or belladonna which both can be toxic to infants
  • Teething Tablets – Again, check the ingredients and avoid benzocaine, and belladonna.

What About Fever?

A lot of parents just assume that fever goes along with the joys of teething. They are not 100% wrong. Your baby may develop a low low fever during this time, but usually only on the day the tooth erupts through the gums and can easily be controlled and won’t stick around for long.

So when should I take my baby in?

  • If your baby has a high grade fever
    3 to 6 months – 101F or higher
    6 months + – 103F or higher
  • If baby is lethargic
  • If baby refuses to eat
  • If baby has rash along with fever
  • Dehydration – one wet diaper in 8 hours
  • Sunken soft spot on head
  • Seizure
  • Fever not controlled by fever reducing medication

Bottom Line

Teething is not an enjoyable time for anyone. Have teething toys on hand and ready to go before you notice the first signs of so you are well-prepared when the day hits. I found them on sale and loaded up. We keep them in the fridge at all times and constantly rotate throughout the day. Try to find shapes that your baby can hold on to and get in to their mouth easily. This is a hard time for your baby, give them that extra cuddle, or extra attention that they may need during this time, and remember IT WON’T LAST FOREVER!

If you have any other great teething tips please leave them below! I would love to hear what works well for you!

 

 

 

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9 Comments

  • robert lilley

    It’s been awhile since my two daughters were teething but i do remember how it helpless the feeling was seeing your babies in pain with nothing much you can do about it. Very heartbreaking. I now have a 4 week old granddaughter and i am going to pass your wonderful informative site to her. She will be teething soon.
    Thank you for all this wonderful information.
    Robert

  • janalac

    Thanks for sharing this. I have 3 toddlers, and every time when teething was part of our lives, that was a nightmare. Probably because we can´t console them and we feel helpless.
    Very interesting is, you mentioned that moms should avoid necklaces, gels and creams, and teething tablets. In my country (Serbia), those Amber Theething Necklaces are so popular. And how toxic can be those gels and creams, I mean, are there studies? If there are, why are they still in the sale?

  • Shannon Krogmann

    Very informative right to the point article. I have found Clove oil on outside of cheeks works very well with a teething baby. It helps numb the pain. Also old wooden clothes pins work miracles cause they are easy for baby to grip. What would be your most helpful teething strategy for your viewers?

    • Montana

      For me, I can’t go wrong with a good old fashioned baby wash cloth wet with cold water. Ring it out really well and give it to baby. I find she is able to get it in there in whatever shape she needs and can gnaw away on it. It is big enough that she won’t choke on it, and I know I am not giving her any chemicals. 

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