Teething Fever:


The pain & discomfort results from baby teething are due to the pressure exerted on the tissue in the mouth, when the teeth erupt from gums. One should immediately begin with gently rubbing the gums with a chilled, wet wash-cloth may give the baby some relief. Being feverish maybe a sign of teething, but not always so. Fever may also be a symptom of something else for which you may visit your doctor but it is generally associated with teeth eruption. Teething has not been shown to cause a high-grade fever in babies but if your child develops fever more than 100 degrees, look for other signs of illness. Although fever may coincide with baby teething it is best to check with your doctor if your baby has a fever or diarrhea to get on the safer side.

Effects:

Eruption of baby teeth can be accompanied by a variety of local disturbances and can affect the gums as well as teeth eruption. The gum tissue can appear somewhat overgrown or bulbous in size. There can also be excess salivation or redness may occur in the skin of the cheek next to the erupting tooth, possibly accompanied by a rash. The back teeth are more likely to cause problems than the front teeth as there maybe disturbances in area of eruption. Babies who are teething seem to want to bite hard objects like teething rings and hence to ease the discomfort, a parent can use products such as baby anbesol or even a little mouthwash, such as Scope or Cepacol, on a Q-tip. One should never use mouthwash after the teeth have erupted because they often contain sugar.

Other problems:

If the baby has trouble sleeping, you might check with your dentist or pediatrician about using baby Tylenol or some other pain killer or sedative to help all involved parties get a good night's sleep till the time a doctor examines the baby. One should never give any fever-reducing medications in this situation and should also be sure to confirm any fevers with a rectal thermometer if available before contacting your doctor.

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