Teething can be a tough time for both a baby and its mother. However, it can also be an exciting time because it means the baby is healthy and growing a beautiful smile. The term “teething fever” is commonly used during this phase of a baby’s life. Every mother frets over the health and wellness of their child. That’s why it’s pertinent to know and understand what teething fever is and what causes it.
What is Teething Fever?
Some say that teething fever isn’t a real thing and doesn’t exist. However, there are certain aspects of the teething process that cause the temperature of a baby to rise, resulting in fevers. Teething fever covers multiple causes during this phase of a baby’s life that may result in the body temperature rising. However, it’s important to note that teething only results in low-grade fevers and never high fevers. It’s suggested by WebMD, along with other doctors, that if your baby is running a fever over 100.4 degrees to start looking beyond teething as the issue.
Signs and Symptoms of Teething
Teething will result in low-grade fevers but, it also results in a few other symptoms. If your baby is teething, they will most likely experience, drooling, be more fussy than usual, crankiness, and always wanting to chew on things such as your fingers or their own. It’s important to note that all babies will react differently to the teething process. Some will handle it very roughly while, with others, it may be barely noticeable. Parents states that, “symptoms of teething tended to peak during the emergence of a child’s primary incisors or front teeth, which can occur between 6 and 16 months of age, and decreased as the child got older.”
What Causes Teething Fever?
The main cause of teething fever is said to be the swelling of the gums caused by the teeth pushing through. However, many people believe the term “fever” in this case is controversial since teething is said to not cause an actual fever. A fever is considered as such once it grows beyond 100.4 degrees. Although, it’s common for the term “fever” to be used if the body temperature rises at all beyond normal levels. Some people don’t like the term “teething fever” due to this controversy. However, the term has been used for a long period of time and is widely accepted as the correct term for some of a baby’s symptoms during teething.
As noted earlier, babies can get extra fussy during this phase of growth. This usually results in more crying and moving around. This in itself can raise a child’s body temperature enough that it registers as a low fever. Therefore, this is seen as another cause for teething fever.
It’s always best to bring your child in for their first visit at a year old, or even earlier if there are any concerns. Even if the child has no teeth, their oral health can still be evaluated to ensure an easy teething process.