Scientists are currently advising parents to pay attention to other symptoms since babies’ high fever is not caused by teething. High fever might actually point towards more serious issues.
The newest study on the matter was conducted by Ohio State University pediatric dentistry professor Dr. Paul Casamassimo, and the conclusions were published in the Pediatrics journal. The scientists initially did research on the common symptoms caused by teething in babies. The process usually starts when the child is six months old and lasts for the next two years and a half. Teething involves the first milk teeth to emerge through the gums and at its end the baby will proudly exhibit twenty primary teeth.
The study of the process has started a very long time ago, even since Greek physician Hippocrates described the symptoms that accompany teething, such as fever, diarrhea, itching and seizures.
However, the recent research has gone through all presumed manifestations and has reached the conclusion that the first emergence of teeth in one’s life is linked to enlarged and inflamed gums, drooling, irritability, the loss of appetite, eating difficulties and sleeping issues, but also rashes, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.
These symptoms usually take place in short bursts over an interval of three to five days. Contrary to the popular belief that teething also causes high fever, researchers have discovered that the babies’ temperatures do not surpass 101 degrees Fahrenheit. If the fever does occur though, it signals other issues non-related to teething.
According to Dr. Casamassimo and Minu George who is the pediatrics interim chief at the New York Cohen Children’s Medical Hospital, unusually high fever and pain and the rejection of water and food for a long time might point to infections or more serious issues. The two of them recommend parents to further investigate the symptoms and take their children to the doctor as soon as possible.
By presenting the results of their study, researchers hope to reduce the mortality rates among infants by early diagnosing dangerous diseases like meningitis or pneumonia.
During teething, the babies’ discomfort can the alleviated by using chilled chew toys, pacifiers, frozen foods, teething rings and others. If the doctors recommend, pain medication can also be administered. However, paracetamol or local anesthetics like lidocaine or benzocaine are to be avoided as much as possible.
All parents should keep in mind that babies’ high fever is not caused by teething and they should further investigate any health issues of their children. This new study is considered another step towards early identification of deadly diseases.
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