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Fever During Teething: What You Should Know

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Has your baby experienced fever during teething? While it is commonly linked, what may cause the fever may not be teething.

28/10/2016 - 13:38

Has your baby experienced fever during teething? While it is commonly linked, what may cause the fever may not be teething. Most of the time, it’s due to another cause, or it could be coincidental.

Most experts agree that teething doesn’t really cause illnesses. So if your baby has a flu or fever, stomachaches or allergies, you should visit a healthcare professional for advice. However, having said that, there are some things you can do to avoid a fever during teething, or other infections.


Dental checkups

A dentist checking up on the teeth

You may be thinking, dentists are only necessary during your baby’s later months, or when he or she has adult teeth. However, dental checkups are good to ensure that your baby’s teeth are growing properly, and that there are no infections or other risks of illnessess during this stage of growing.


Good oral hygiene

A child brushing her teeth

Your baby’s teeth should be cared for from the start. Oral hygeiene is important in avoiding decay, infections and setting the right foundation for future adult teeth. Use a proper baby toothbrush, which has soft bristles, and baby toothpaste that’s recommended by a healthcare professional.


Feeding your child right

As you probably know, sweet stuff is bad for your teeth. Especially when they get stuck to teeth. In the same way, they can increase the risk of decay and other infections to your baby’s growing teeth. And it’s not only sweets, but when your baby has a milk bottle in his or her mouth for a long time while sleeping, it may attract decay.


When you should see a healthcare professional

A dentist treating a child’s teeth

Here’s when you should consider seeing a healthcare professional, whether it’s for your baby’s teeth or for other issues:

  • When your baby has a fever of more than 38.5°C and it lasts for more than a day. Bring your baby to a healthcare professional as soon as possible.
  • When your baby’s first tooth hasn’t appeared at the age of 12 months. It could be a sign of a serious condition.


Causes of tooth decay

Signs of tooth decay may appear when your baby’s permanent teeth (or adult teeth) decides to make an early appearance. Before your baby’s milking teeth drop out. No, it’s not a sign that your baby is turning into a superhero with powers, but this may lead to there being two rows of teeth and cause infections. Other causes of infections may include an abnormality in the jaw or mouth; for example a cleft palate. Injuries to the teeth or gum areas also increase the risk of decay and infection.


Maintaining hygiene

Keeping hands clean

Before your baby’s milking teeth fully appear, you will have to use your finger to clean your baby’s gums so they are kept clean and free from infections. You can use a warm, wet washcloth to wipe the gums off and remove pieces of food stuck around the mouth. Remember to keep your hands clean before you put it in your baby’s mouth. You wouldn’t want to introducing harmful bacteria into his mouth. While your baby may not like the idea of you poking your finger in his or her mouth at first, he or she will get used to it. 

Ensuring your baby’s oral health is important in maintaining overall health. Always check with a healthcare professional if you are unsure or when you suspect your baby has an infection.

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