does anybody's child have 101 fever due to teething?

Bella - posted on 12/23/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old son is getting his front uppers and has 100.6 - 101 fever. He also refuses to eat any solids. Doctor says that this type of low grade fever is ok but it makes me nervous, with all the viruses going around. I wish my child could just tell me that it's his teeth and not something else that hurts :)

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Quoting Loureen:

Doctors have now established that fevers are NOT a symptom of teething and that any ongoing fever should be brought to a GP to see .


But really, hasn't our experience as moms proven different?? Has any of our kids NOT had a slight fever while teething???



It's the same thing with "growing pains". That sharp pain in the legs that kids who are growing so fast sometimes feel. I remember having those growing pains. My 6 year old daughter has had them. I think maybe some of these dr.'s maybe are not parents and have forgotten what they went through as children.

JoAnn - posted on 12/26/2009

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I don't know, I am a dental hygienist for 20 years and not once had I ever learned of teething and fever go hand in hand. I hear some ped dr. say yes but even my ped. dentist says no. My son recently ran a fever for 3 days then broke and nose started running, I just happened to look into his mouth and his last molars on top were coming in.
Related, I don't know ? Wish I did. I am waiting for the bottom and last of the molars to come in, well see, he is awful cranky but I am chalking that up to lack of sleep and to much fun from Chritsmas. Oh, I had my son to the dr. with the last fever and she called it a virus. I also think they label anything virus when they are not sure . Sorry I don't have better input

Abbie - posted on 12/23/2009

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My son ran a 104 temp while cutting his molars. It was horrible!! He wasn't NOT sick, it was all teeth. I called the on call doctor, she said as long as he was acting normal to not be concerned. and to make sure he was dressed cool enough, because you can actually dress you child too warm and cause a fever!!

Susanna - posted on 10/16/2012

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Most likely if its a low grade temp the body can fight of any kind of infection but if the temp dramatically increase the child most likely needs help fighting off the infection and if goes with looked at can cause harm to the child or make something small turn into something harmful

Crystal - posted on 12/24/2009

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Whether it's your sons teeth or a virus, temperatures of that range are not dangerous.

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User - posted on 12/19/2013

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My daughter is going through this fever thing too. It is between 100 - 102, 2 days now. She drinks, won't eat, but sleeps and plays some. I'm guessing teeth will be coming soon.

User - posted on 12/24/2009

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Also I was always a die hard Tylenol fan. Thats what I take. But I tried Motrin on my daughter and it seems to help her better. I know all children are not the same.

User - posted on 12/24/2009

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I took my daughter to doctor 3 weeks ago with a fever of 102. for 3 days. It was just teething. I thought ear infection. She had it for a week straight then it went away.

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Just saw your post. My son always got cold symptoms when he was teething. Runny nose, coughing, low-grade fever...it took me a little while to figure out he was teething and not sick. Hang in there and have a Merry Christmas :)

Bella - posted on 12/23/2009

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thank you for your posts. yes, he threw up this morning but a few seconds later was acting like nothing was wrong so we decided we gave him food that didn't agree with him. Now i am thinking it's all part of the teething thing. I am giving him tylenol at night and the fever goes down/he wants to eat right away. no other symptoms like runny nose but it's possible there is a virus too. i'll watch him and will take him in if this goes on for more than two days. always helps to hear other people went through the same thing!

Katie - posted on 12/23/2009

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My daughter ran anywhere from 99 to 100.5 and I took her into the doctor even though she was smiling and acting normal. They confirmed that nothing was wrong and to bring her back if it got to 101.. to check her ears again. A week later her bottom two teeth cut through!

Nichol - posted on 12/23/2009

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My son is 2 now and started getting teeth around 3 months. He got four teeth at one time and had a fever of 104. he only had a fever but it was his teeth because as soo as they broke through he was perfectly fine again. He wouldn't eat anything either, but when he got hungry enough, he ate just fine.

Kristy - posted on 12/23/2009

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My daughter is 21/2 years old and just got the last of her baby teeth in. She had a fever with every tooth that came in. Thank God they always came in 2-4 at a time. She would have trouble eating and sleeping also. It only lasted a couple of days though. I agree with with some of the other posts...fevers are just a way for the body to fight back and the best thing you can do is keep your baby hydrated and Tylenol works wonders. You can try going to your dentist's office and picking up a chart on when baby teeth are supposed to come in or I'm sure you can get that online too. Also remember that high temperatures differ in adults and babies. 101 seems to be getting high in an adult but in a baby it's not considered high. Good luck with the whole teething thing. Trust your instincts...you will know if it is something more serious.

Charlie - posted on 12/23/2009

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Doctors have now established that fevers are NOT a symptom of teething and that any ongoing fever should be brought to a GP to see .

Bev - posted on 12/23/2009

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its not really how high the fever is but how quickly the fever comes on. if your childs temperture spikes then you should be concerned. a temp. of 101 is nothing to be too worried about. i'd just give tylenol and monitor it. and relax!
Merry Christmas!!!!!

Melissa - posted on 12/23/2009

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The most my daughter ever had while teething is around 99ish.... 101 is enough to give him tylenol/motrin (which would ALSO help the teeth if they're bothering him) and I'd bet that he has a cold or virus. Does he have runny nose/cough or any other cold type symptoms? Don't push the food in either case, just make sure he gets enough fluid and he'll be ok. My daughter just got over croup/virus/ear infection and the doc basically said kids can go without food for a while, even if they lose weight, they'll put it back on once they get their appetite back (and you don't want to upset their stomach) but they can get dehydrated very easily.

Crystal - posted on 12/23/2009

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What happens is....your baby's amunesystem goes down while they are teething and he/she can get a cold very easy! So, yes make sure your child is okay...if the doctor says it's a low temp. buy baby motrin/tylinol if fever doesn't go down bring you child back to doctors or go to the hosiptal you never know with this flu season. When it comes to your little one do not take chances...and go by your gut feeling and not what the doctors say....get second and third opinions. It doesn't make you pronoid, it makes you a great MOM! ; ) So, try the tylinol it most likly will down but, always stay on top of it. God bless and have a wonderful holiday.

Erin - posted on 12/23/2009

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I know when my son was getting teeth that he would sometimes get ear infections also, sometimes they go hand in hand. An ear infection will bring on a fever. My son always had a temp though when he was teething. Call the doctor, the nurses should be able to help you.

Esther - posted on 12/23/2009

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My son used to have that when he was little. He would also sometimes throw up, get diarhea and get really really cranky and clingy. Eventually I think he got used to the sensation of teething and it didn't seem to bother him much anymore, but for the first few months/teeth, he really took it hard. Keep an eye on his temperature to make sure it doesn't go up much more than that, but other than that, I think your doctor is right and this is normal.

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my kids always had fevers when they were getting teeth- alot of people say that there is no connection between fevers and teething.... but when the body is in pain, it has to react in some way whether it makes more white blood cells to fight an infection, or a fever to try and kill it- i think that the fever is just the bodies way of trying to protect itself. and i agree with the other mothers who said tylenol... or you could check with the doctor to see if motrin can be used. motrin is an anti-inflamatory and may help relieve the gum discomfort as well as the fever so he will eat some solids for you again... good luck!

September - posted on 12/23/2009

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Our son tends to have a low grade fever when he is teething. I think it's pretty common and if your Doctor is not worried I would not worry. Tylenol could be helpful if he seems to be in a lot of pain. Our son has 4 teeth coming in right now and he loves anything cold :) I've been feeding him soft foods so that he still gets his solids. Good luck!

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My daughter's temp use to reach 101.8 when teething....scared the crap out of me the first time but the doctor told me the following:

1. put a clean finger into the child's mouth and run it across his/her gums.
2. If the gums feel swollen or are sensitive to the touch then your child is teething

I was told to give her tylonel for the fever and to keep an eye on her for an hour. If the fever did not go down then call back and they will direct me in what to do next. If the fever went up to 102 bring the child into the doctor's office or after care office right away.

Jane - posted on 12/23/2009

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I also had this question so I did some research on it & what I can up w/ is that there is no connection between teething & fevers. Although I find it kind a strange that so many babies get fevers right before a tooth comes in.

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