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Can Teething Cause Fevers?

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Our daughter, Tiara, is almost 8 months old and keeps getting fevers. There are no other symptoms except irritability. Her gums are swollen on the lower front, which I think means her teeth are coming in. Could those be causing the fevers? Also, a friend said I should slit the gums so the teeth can get in, but that seems really dangerous to me. Am I supposed to do that?


Dear Kelly,

Child fussy from teething

Let’s start with the swollen gums. Your instincts are good. Please do not slit or cut her gums in any way. The gums will open on their own. Babies bodies are designed for the teeth to come through once the root has developed enough. If you skip that process, it is very possible that the growth of her teeth roots will be stunted and she will not have enough root to support the new teeth. Give it time and the process will happen naturally.

As for the fevers. If your daughter’s fevers are mild, then, yes, they can be from the teething. Anything other than mild and I would take her to see her doctor.

Symptoms of Teething

  • Fussiness
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Drooling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Every baby is a bit different, but these are some of the more common symptoms. They do not have to have all of the symptoms. I’m just making you aware of things that could happen. If you are still concerned, it is perfectly fine to see a pediatric dentist once a child is old enough to sit up. In fact, a good pediatric dentist will always recommend an early start to dental appointments. This way the children associate the dentist with fun. Too many parents wait until there is an issue with a child’s teeth and then the association is scary and painful, whcih can lead to a lifetime of dental anxiety.

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