Baby Teething Fever and How to Treat It
Baby teething fever often makes parents feel uneasy. It especially applies to newer parents who do not have experience in dealing with a growing child. When children are teething, they will show signs that make their parents worry such as decreased appetite, fever, sleep disturbances, diarrhea, and so forth. However, did you know that doctor will tell you that a fever is not a common symptom of teething? Then, is it normal to have a fever when teething? Baby teething fever often makes parents feel uneasy. It especially applies to newer parents who do not have experience in dealing with a growing child. When children are teething, they will show signs that make their parents worry such as decreased appetite, fever, sleep disturbances, diarrhea, and so forth. However, did you know that doctor will tell you that a fever is not a common symptom of teething? Then, is it normal to have a fever when teething?
What the experts say about baby teething fever
Experts say that a fever in babies is not caused by teething. Baby teething fever happens because of the poor baby’s immune system that makes virus or bacteria can get into the body. Many also assume that teething in baby causes diarrhea, rashes on the body, seizures, and even bronchitis. All assumptions were not true because that can happen due to other factors. So, if your child has a high fever during their teething phase, there may be something else happened. Contact your doctor immediately.
Why do some babies have a baby teething fever?
Most babies start teething between 4-7 months. This period coincides with the period when children have most of their infection, approximately 6-24 months, which will form their immune systems. Infection is the most common cause of a fever. Therefore, although teething and fever occur at the same time, there is quite a high possibility that the fever is caused by the presence of other diseases that develop in the child’s body.
Fever that occurs consistently is an early indication of an infectious disease caused by a virus. If it is not treated early, it may cause serious complications that are difficult to treat such as pneumonia or urinary tract infection. This is one of the main reasons why parents must not underestimate mild fever during the teething period.
What are the common symptoms of teething?
The appearance of the baby’s first tooth followed by the second, third and so on, always make parents happy. Unfortunately, the appearance of the teeth sometimes accompanied by troubling symptoms, such as:
Teething pain is generally caused by inflammation. Inflammation itself is an ‘effort’ of the gum tissue to protect themselves against the pressure of the teeth. The most severe pain usually occurs when the first tooth appears (because the babies’ gums have never felt pain before) and when the molars appear (because of the large size).
– Increased drooling
Teething can stimulate saliva. This usually happens when a baby is ten weeks to 3 or 4 months.
– Increased sucking and biting action
Teething makes the babies feel uncomfortable and always want to bite anything they can grab.
– Fussiness that comes and goes
For some babies, teething is painless. While for others, it can be painful and make them irritable. Some babies may be irritable or cranky in just a few hours, but for some, it will last for a few days.
– Inconsistent appetite and sometimes refuses to eat
Fussy babies can easily be appeased only by drinking breast milk. However, when teething, sucking milk from breast or bottle can make the babies’ gum hurt. Therefore, the baby may refuse to drink milk or eat when given solid food.
– Swollen and bleeding from the gums
Teething can trigger bleeding under the gums, which looks like a blue lump. You do not need to worry about this because the gum will get better after compressed with cold water.
– Mild rash around the mouth
When the baby is teething, he will also develop a rash around the mouth, chin, or even on the neck due to contact with saliva.
What can be done to reduce the impact of the above symptoms?
There are several ways that you can apply to help your baby reduce the pain and discomfort of this teething process.
• Give something to chew, but it should not be easily destroyed or not made your baby choking, for example, a washcloth which has been cooled in the freezer for 30 minutes. Make sure it is completely clean and sterile.
• Provide a special rubber teething toy. Avoid toys filled with fluid or water because there is likely to leak or rupture. You can also use a cold teething ring to calm the sore gums for a while (make sure the items you used are sterilized properly). This is to avoid damage to the gums that are already inflamed.
• Wipe your baby’s face gently with a soft cotton cloth to remove saliva dripping continuously in order to avoid rash around the face and neck. You can also use an acne cream or petroleum jelly applied lightly at night. Be sure to get a doctor’s prescription in advance.
• Massage your baby’s gums gently with your finger. Make sure you have washed your hands thoroughly.
• Use a pain killing cream or medicine that should be given by a doctor’s prescription.
What should be done if the baby has a baby teething fever?
Treating fever itself may seem easy, but it is important to know the best method to handle baby teething fever in your child.
– Do not adjust the room temperature too low
Although it sounds like a logical way to make someone who has a fever feel better, your baby room temperature should always be between 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit.
– Rub your child’s body with warm cloth
Instead of giving a cold water compress, you should use a cloth that has been dipped in warm water to scrub and massaging his body. It can make him feel relieved.
– Keep your baby hydrated
This is definitely a good way to help him through the fever. Breastfeed him if your child is still breastfed. You can also give water or juice to keep him hydrated and to increase his nutritional intake.
– Give fever medication specifically made for babies so it will be safe for them to take. Avoid giving adult medication. Be sure to read the dosage instructions to make sure you give the right amount.Teething fever that lasts for no more than a day is normal. However, if the fever lasts for more than two days and more than 38 degrees Celsius, you should contact your pediatrician.