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High Grade Fevers and Teething

Next Time Babe Has a Fever, Don't Blame His Teeth

Two weeks ago, my daughter had a fever for three days. I wondered if she was just teething.

According to the New York Times, I might have been barking up the wrong tree. In two separate studies, the same conclusion was reached:

There was no link between teething and body temperature or high fever. (104 or higher.)

While teething can sometimes cause an increase in body temperature, high grade fevers are often signs of something more concerning.


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lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
here we go again with the medical community telling parents that they are not experiencing what they are experiencing. i had one doctor tell me that a baby couldn't feel pain. some kids get fevers when they are teething, mine did and most of my friends kids did. at 102 i always call the peditrician, teething or not.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I wouldn't normally check with the ped for a fever anyway unless it's accompanied by other symptoms. But my kids always ran a low-grade fever with teething. My ped explained that the "always check it" is simply a precaution to be sure something else isn't missed by dismissing the fever as being teething, which is why I always check for other symptoms as well, just in case. There may not be a firm link between teething and fevers, but it's common enough for me not to worry if that's the only thing they're showing.
Courtney82 Courtney82 9 years
my pedi has always said that teething shouldn't get over 100 degrees and if it does to call and have them check, just in case.
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