If your baby is usually docile and suddenly becomes more irritable, dribbles excessively and has a reduced appetite, the most likely culprit is teething. Teething can also cause a low fever, although high fever can indicate a disease that requires medical attention, such as an ear infection. Consult your doctor if your child’s fever rises above 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38º C), or if the fever lasts for several days and does not respond to medications for fever reduction.
Normal Baby Fever Teething
In addition to drooling, irritability, rashes or diarrhea during teething, the baby may also have a mild fever. A fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38º C) or less is considered normal, according to Dr. Jerry Rubin, author of “Naturally Healthy Kids
Increased mucous production during teething can make your baby more prone to ear infections. Sometimes other conditions can appear at the same time as teething. Consult your pediatrician if the baby’s fever is above 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38º C), or if the baby is inconsolable, is not sleeping or eating, or seems to be getting worse. The nasal discharge associated with teething is usually clear. Consult your pediatrician if the mucosa of your child is green or yellow.
To treat the fever and discomfort associated with teething, give your child acetaminophen, according to package instructions. Use ibuprofen only if the baby is more than 6 months old. A warm bath can also help relieve the symptoms of fever and pain.
The time it takes for the teeth to emerge through the gums can vary considerably from one baby to another. Some babies get their teeth in a few days, while others may take several weeks. During this time, your baby may drool, have a reduced appetite or be more irritable. Talk to your pediatrician, however, if the fever lasts more than two days