Does teething cause fever?
No. It’s simply an old wives’ tale that children get fevers from their baby teeth growing in.
A fever is generally considered to be when a child’s temperature exceeds 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Studies in multiple countries have found that children’s temperature may rise slightly around the time when new teeth are growing in, but not to this point.
Why do so many people believe that?
Because it’s difficult to identify what’s causing a baby or infant to be upset, and people generally blame teething on a host of symptoms that have been shown to have little to do with teeth growing in.
Young children often get sick or experience many of the symptoms of fevers, such as runny noses, during the same general timeframe when their teeth are growing in, leading parents to believe that their teeth may be the cause. In general, researchers have found that parents falsely attribute many of their children’s issues to teething. The only consistently demonstrated symptoms of teething are swelling of the gums, irritability and drooling, but not fever.
Why should I trust you?
Our articles are short and direct so parents can quickly get the answers they need, but there’s lengthy research behind everything we publish. If you’d like to check our facts and learn more, here are the best sources we found and used for this article:
- “Signs and Symptoms of Primary Tooth Eruption: A Meta-analysis,” from the journal Pediatrics.
- “Does teething cause a fever? Find out what’s fact and what’s fiction.” from Illuminate, the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children’s blog.
- “Challenging parents’ myths regarding their children’s teething.” from the International Journal of Dental Hygiene.