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Baby's Fever May Not Signal Teething
Date:8/10/2011

lot of parents that will come in with children with fevers of 101 degrees or higher, and first thing they say is, 'It might just be teething'," Samuels said. "I want to educate parents that teething has never been proven to be related to high-grade temperatures."

There can be big variations among children in how they cope with cutting a tooth, Samuels said. "Some children are more tolerant of the discomfort and sail right through it. Some have a really hard time with every tooth that breaks through their gums," she said.

To ease the pain, try chilled (not frozen) rubber teething rings or toys, or letting your child chew on a clean, wet washcloth that's been cooled in the freezer for a half-hour.

If your child is really having difficulty sleeping, parents can occasionally give acetaminophen (such as Infant's Tylenol), Samuels said.

She advises parents to stay away from over-the-counter teething gels or numbing creams because of reports of rare cases in which children have had serious reactions to the benzocaine in the gels.

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SOURCES: Joana Ramos-Jorge, doctoral student, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil; Roya Samuels, M.D., pediatrician, Cohen Children's Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; September 2011 Pediatrics


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