M.P. asks from Charlotte, NC on March 11, 2008
Teething and Fever
I am concerned about my 10 month old son. He has 4 teeth already and now two more are coming in. We never had any teething problems until about 2 days ago, he woke up with a fever of 102.9. We gave him children's Tylenol. This will be day three and although the fever has not gotten higher than 102.9, he has had a constant fever between 100.4 and 102. I don't know if I should take him to the doctor, or just wait it out. He is cranky sometimes but for the most part he seems himself. His appetite has suffered, but I am making him eat and drink plenty of fluids. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I don't want to go all the way to the pediatrician to be told there is nothing they can do, as is the case when I have taken him before for different concerns.
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So What Happened?™
Thanks to everyone for their advice! I wrote the email while Jacob was napping. When he got up I checked his tempature, and it was 99.2. We checked it every hour after that and it got down to 98.8. I think he was just teething and am so happy to have him back to his self again. It can be really scary for a first time mom to not be sure what to do or what is wrong. Thanks again to everyone!!
K.G. answers from Louisville on March 26, 2008
I just went through the same thing with my 7 month old. I had several mommys tell me to switch between Motrin and Tylenol. I had only been giving her Tylenol this entire time afraid anything else would be too much. Let me tell you...Motrin works! I only had to give her one dose and it knocked it right out. Hope this helps!
M.C. answers from Louisville on March 17, 2008
Try Motrin. My doctor says that Tylenol is good for fever but motrin is good for fever and any inflamation due to teething. I wouldn't go to the Doctor. With the symptoms you described they can't do anymore than you are doing.
E.C. answers from Nashville on March 12, 2008
Doctors often say that fever or other digestive problems aren't synonomous with teething. However, I have found that to be to the contrary. My son cut his first tooth at 4 months old and had 8 teeth by 6 months old. It was difficult at the time but looking back it was so much easier to get it all over-with at once. He had a fever of about 100 the whole time but the doctors couldn't find a problem with him. He's 11 now and his babyteeth are coming out as quickly as they came in.
I would definitely take my kid in to the doctor if the fever doesn't break in 3 days. They may not be able to do much for you but at least you will have some peace of mind.
T.B. answers from Jackson on March 12, 2008
Hi! Okay I went through this with my son. This is normal you are not doing anything wrong. Keep giving him Tylenol every 4 hours then give him Childrens Mortin for the next 4 hours.
Also, take a wash cloth wet it with cold water, ring it out then put it in the freezer for about 20 mintues enough to get really cold and let your son chew on it. This will help with the discomfort. They also make teething tablets that are sold at all the stores (walmart, walgreen, freds,etc.) these work really good. It will tell you how many on the back of the bottle.
After you have done all these things and he still has a fever, then you will need to take him to the doctor. But give this a try for about 2 days unless his temp. is up after this, then take him to the doctor.
I hope this has helped.
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A.M. answers from Raleigh on March 11, 2008
I would take him to the doctor. He has had a fever for over 48 hours. Won't it make you feel better knowing that he is OK> A.
W.M. answers from Louisville on March 13, 2008
For future reference, Hyland's makes a homeopathic remedy for teething, ear infection, cold's, etc. Great product I use for my kidos. I am glad that all is better now with Jacob!
W. from Indiana
M.S. answers from Asheville on March 13, 2008
It tylenol doesn't break the fever call the MD. Also, as a general rule of thumb my ped.'s office considers temps over 101 even when teething enough to be concerned-but then again all children are different and you'll figure out what his normal is soon. Always, call the nurse-you should have access to a nurse at your ped.'s office ours are always friendly and very helpful.
K.W. answers from Charlotte on March 12, 2008
M., both of my children ran very low grad fevers...never above 101.5 or 101.6. My Dr has always said if it is 102 or higher it is generally a virus they are fighting off. My 3 year old just last week ran a fever for 4 days of nothing higher than 102.6. He had no other symptoms except a fever. I rode it out and he was fine. My baby girl is 7 months and just cut her 2 bottom teeth within one week and she was very very cranky and did run a fever but it was like 101...nothing higher. If it were me I would ride it out unless you see other symptoms or the fever gets higher. There is SOOOO much stuff going around right not that if you take him in he might end up with something else.
Take care and hope he gets better soon
K.L. answers from Charleston on March 12, 2008
I would always suggest calling your dr first. Then get advise from mamasource, especially when you're talking a fever for more than a day. Good luck and hope you're little one if feeling better soon!
K.S. answers from Fayetteville on March 13, 2008
Does your pediatrician have a nurse's line for advice? I use mine's all the time.
T.P. answers from Raleigh on March 12, 2008
It might be more than teeth, like an ear infection or something else. I also have been told nothing is wrong (several times) or its viral but lately we have had ear infections. Better to put your worries at rest. Hope he feels better soon