Sometime between the ages of 4 and 7 months, a baby usually begins the process of teething, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. By the third birthday, a little one should have received all 20 primary teeth. Teething can cause discomfort as teeth erupt through the gums. If a fever accompanies teething symptoms, use relief remedies to keep your child comfortable.
Typical Teething Fever
Teething can produce various symptoms in a child. Drooling and rash, diarrhea and a cough are common symptoms. Some physicians, such as pediatrician Wendy Sue Swanson, state that teething does not cause a fever. However, a mild fever can be typical for many children, according to the Ask Dr. Sears website. Fevers associated with teething are low-grade, usually remaining lower than 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
Non-Medicated Fever Relief
When your child runs a low-grade fever accompanied by other teething discomfort, you can relieve the fever with non-medicated remedies. The American Academy of Pediatrics counsels parents that treating fevers with medication is not necessary unless a youngster is uncomfortable or the child has a history of febrile seizures. There are several things you can try:
• Keep the room temperature cool and dress your little one in light clothing.
• Offer extra fluids for drinking.
• Run a fan to keep air moving if the room feels stuffy.
• Try sponging your child with slightly warm water, between 85 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
To relieve other teething discomforts, massage swollen gums with your clean finger and offer teething toys for your child to chew.
Medication for Low-Grade Fever
You might opt to administer an over-the-counter pain reliever to your child to relieve discomfort and treat a low-grade fever. Acetaminophen and ibruprofen are two options for pain and fever relief. However, always consult your physician before giving your child medication to ensure the medication is safe for your little one. The physician will also give you recommendations about the correct dosage for your child's age and weight
Higher Fever Cautions
If your child has a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, it's likely that an illness is the cause of the fever and not teething, warns the AAP. In this case, call your child's physician for help in determining the reason for the high fever. Your child may have a virus or a bacterial infection that needs treatment.