My 7-month-old baby had a temperature of up to 39 (102 F) at one point last night coming down to 37. He has had up to two doses of Calpol and this morning at 9.00 His temperature is fine at 37.1. Should I visit the doctors as I don’t know if its teething related? Can a baby have a high temperature due to teething? He was very unsettled last night!!
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Can Teething Explain A Fever?
The fever is unlikely to be due to teething. There are some indications that a low-grade fever can be caused by teething, but not a high-grade one. This is a very common misunderstanding among parents, but there is no scientific evidence that a high-grade fever can be caused by teething. A long-term research study from 2011 concluded the following:
“Irritability, increased salivation, runny nose, loss of appetite, diarrhea, rash, and sleep disturbance were associated with primary tooth eruption. Results of this study support the concept that the occurrence of severe signs and symptoms, such as fever, could not be attributed to teething.” (Read about the study here.)
So the fever rather indicates that your baby is sick. It can be a cold, a stomach infection, or something else on its way. Or it was just one of those mysterious 1 or 3-day fevers that babies can get.
Unless your baby continues to be sick and for example stops eating or drinking, I don’t think you have to visit a doctor. Just take care of him and pay attention to his development during the next couple of days.
(Answer approved by our Medical Reference Team)
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