Babies are born without any noticeable teeth, but by the time they reach the age of two, they will have 20 pearly whites. While baby teeth add to an adorable smile, their emergence is often accompanied by discomfort and even fever. Parents certainly do not want their babies to be in distress and so they will do anything to make it easier for them. Read on to find more about teething fever and how you as a parent can help.
Why does fever appear?
Whenever a tooth emerges, your baby may suffer from pain and other related symptoms. Teeth often take their time pushing through the gum line and can even poke through only to recede again. This pain can take its toll on a baby, which leads to teething fever.
There are babies who never experience any fever, while others may experience it quite a lot. The only saving grace about new teeth is that they often come in pairs. So, even though a baby will sprout 20 new teeth, teething fever should only potentially happen ten different times.
Other Teething Symptoms
The first tooth usually appears quite early, at the age of four to seven months. You can often see a small white bump on the gums, signaling a new tooth is about to appear. At this stage, babies tend to drool a lot. Excessive drooling may cause teething rash which happens when excess saliva pools on the baby’s cheeks. A bit of Vaseline can create a barrier to help.
Some babies often become especially clingy. They are in pain and want to be comforted by their loved ones. In addition, sleep can often be interrupted. Try to stay calm for your baby’s sake and reassure her that this will pass.
What can be done relieve the symptoms
To deal with the discomforts of teething fever and alleviate some of the pain your baby may experience, try to use teething rings, which are made of plastic and can be frozen. A cold, wet cloth is also good for babies to munch on.
Be careful to avoid teething gels. While this may seem like a good way to prevent pain, the gel numbs the baby’s gums too much and can interfere with breastfeeding.
Baby Tylenol is the best over the counter medicine. Not only does it help with pain, but it is especially effective with fever in general. Consult your pharmacist, stick to the recommended dosage and monitor your baby throughout the day and especially at night. If teething fever persists for more than a day, if it is higher than 101 Fahrenheit, or your baby starts to act lethargic, get in touch with your doctor.