Teething fever... fact or fiction? *UPDATE*

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Did your kids get teething fevers?

No, never.
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38%
Yes, a low grade fever below 100.5F
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25%
Yes, a mid grade fever below 102F
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13%
Yes, a high fever above 102
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25%
 
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Teething fever... fact or fiction? *UPDATE*

Postby KimmyH » Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:57 am

Did your kids get fevers while teething? How high was the fever? I know teething fevers are supposedly a myth, but what is your opinion... fact or fiction?

On tuesday night my DD got a fever around 101.5 F and no other symptoms. She has been teething really hard for months and there are 4 teeth that are coming soon, so I couldn't really count irritability as a symptom. When I gave her motrin, the fever went down and she acted completely normal. Wednesday the fever was around 102 F unmedicated and yesterday morning it was 103.3 F, so I took her to the doctor. I was expecting an ear infection since she had one a month ago and still had lots of fluid a few weeks ago, but her ears were fine. They also did flu, strep and UTI tests and all were negative. The pedi said it was a virus, just keep her hydrated and comfortable, etc. Then last night her first tooth broke through. This morning the fever is gone. Now I am really wondering if it was a teething fever. I guess I will see if it happens again with subsequent teeth.

*UPDATE* Yesterday she got 2 more teeth while I was at work. Poor baby got her first three teeth in less than 24 hours.
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Postby Grooviechick » Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:05 am

My DD didn't ever get fevers while teething. DS only has 2 teeth so far but they came in within 2 days of each other. He had no fever. I would say a fever that high doesn't go along with the "fever and teething" theory anyways. It does sound like a fever virus that just had bad timing of her teething too. Glad she's feeling better though.
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Postby Sprincess595 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:21 am

My DS just got his bottomw 2 teeth and had high fevers (102-104). I took him to the er when his fever reached 104 with meds and they checked for flu, strep and RSV... all neg. Couple days later 1st tooth popped through. Few days later his temp spiked again and I thought he had an ear infection bc he has pulling at his ear... nope. Again... few days later his 2nd tooth popped through and the fever was gone...

So IMO I think high fever and teething can go hand in hand...
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Postby KimmyH » Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:48 am

I updated in the first post. Now I am even more sure it was a teething fever.
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Postby babyhelstrup » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:27 pm

It is funny. when my LO gets a tooth on the Left side it comes in almost unnoticeable. But so far any tooth on the right is a nightmair. We get high fevers (like 103.) takes forever to come thorugh, runny nose, cough bc of runny nose, sleeps all the time, does not eat solids, and a droowling monster. It is strange.
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Postby MightyMarj » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:30 pm

When you have a wound, that area gets hot from all the blood rushing to it to heal it, so it makes sense to me that your head would get hot from the 'wound' in your mouth when you're teething. Having said that, I've never experienced it firsthand. But getting several teeth at once is pretty extreme!
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