A recent study revealed infant fevers are not a symptom of teething. According to researchers, high-grade fevers are not caused by the baby’s teething. Such a symptom may actually be a sign of other illnesses. Doctors recommend patients not to ignore it as it may cause further issues for the child.
For many years, doctors associated various health problems in infants with teething. It was considered the most accurate explanation for the ever-changing behavior of a baby. Moreover, it was said that teething had even caused the deaths of children. A large number of medical reports in the past claimed that infant patients suffered complications related to teething and died.
Nonetheless, with the recent improvements in the medical field it became obvious that teething is not likely to cause such serious problems. Also, the reasons behind children’s deaths in the past are now considered to be related to other health issues.
Nowadays, every parent deals with their infant’s teeth problems. It was estimated the baby’s teeth begin to show between 2 and 12 months after the baby was born. Many infants are noisier and grumpier than usual whey they are teething. This happens because gums swell and sore before a tooth comes out. In addition, babies tend to bite their fingers or their toys to soothe the pain and discomfort they experience. Most of the babies even refuse to eat or drink because their mouths hurt.
The most common symptom, though, is fever. Most of the parents claimed their baby got a fever when he was teething. However, a recent study revealed infant fevers are not a symptom of teething. According to experts, if the baby has fever when teething there is the possibility he’s also sick.
Dr. Paul Casamassimo, head of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Pediatric Oral Health and Research and Policy Center explained that
‘If a child has a really high fever, or is in significant discomfort, or won’t eat or drink anything for days, that’s a red flag for concern.’
Also, Dr. Casamassimo insisted that swollen gums, drooling and crankiness are indeed teething symptoms. In addition, he claimed they shouldn’t last more than five days. He suggested parent should always pay attention to their child to see if he shows other symptoms as well. According to him, during teething infants should stay hydrated and eat regularly.
Casamassimo’s research pointed out that teething may rise body’s temperature. However, it cannot be more than 101 degrees Fahrenheit. Other symptoms may include decreased appetite, sleeping problems, diarrhea or vomiting. Experts also said every child experiences teething in different ways.
They recommend parents to use a cold piece of cloth to ease their baby’s discomfort. Moreover, Casamassimo mentioned parents must be careful when using pain reliever as it can result in tooth decay. He concluded saying medical investigations are needed if the infant’s fever gets higher instead of going down.
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