Has your child 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 little one has a flu or fever, stomach aches 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.
You may be thinking, dentists are only necessary during your child’s later months, or when he or she has adult teeth. However, dental checkups are good to ensure that your child’s teeth are growing properly, and that there are no infections or other risks of illnesses during this stage of growth.
Good oral hygiene
Your child’s teeth should be cared for from the start. Oral hygiene is important in avoiding decay and infections, and in setting the right foundation for future adult teeth. Use a proper child’s toothbrush, which has soft bristles, and child’s 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 child’s growing teeth. And it’s not only sweets, but when your child 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
Here’s when you should consider seeing a healthcare professional, whether it’s for your child’s teeth or for other issues:
- When your child has a fever of more than 38.5°C and it lasts for more than a day. Bring your child to a healthcare professional as soon as possible.
- When your child’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 child’s permanent teeth (or adult teeth) decides to make an early appearance. Before your child’s milk teeth drop out. No, it’s not a sign that your child 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.
Before your child’s milk teeth fully appear, you will have to use your finger to clean your child’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 child’s mouth. You wouldn’t want to introducing harmful bacteria into his mouth. While your child may not like the idea of you poking your finger in his mouth at first, he will get used to it.
Ensuring your child’s oral health is important in maintaining overall health. Always check with a healthcare professional if you are unsure or when you suspect your child has an infection.
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