Having babies is a very important part of a person’s life, as it not only speaks of a great change to their lifestyles but it also helps propagate the species. However, doctors have been noticing an increasingly worrisome trend in new parents, and they performed a study in order to figure it out. Concerned about the safety and health of our nation’s and the world’s babies, doctors declare fever to not be a symptom of teething.
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Noticing that parents avoid going to the doctor when their baby is not eating or sleeping, is cranky, and has a fever because they attribute it to the baby teething, a team of researchers undertook a study to determine the exact symptoms of teething.
Fever is most definitely not among them, as it usually tends to be a symptom of the body fighting off an infection. Therefore, if they have a fever, most babies are most to suffer from an illness of some sort. Despite it being quite a common occurrence, it most certainly doesn’t mean that it’s ok to do nothing.
According to experts from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York, if your baby has a temperature of over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius), the baby is suffering from a fever and they should see a physician. This is mostly due to the fact that babies are usually bombarded with infections when they reach the age of teething.
In their study, the researchers made a list of the symptoms which babies suffer from when teething, and they also made a list of other symptoms for which parents should take their baby to see a doctor. The list was compiled from an observational study.
Some of the symptoms associated with your baby getting its first teeth are drooling, crankiness and swollen gums. These, however, should go away after some three to 5 days. Some temperature increase may be present, but nothing above 100.4.
However, a concerningly large number of parents have started attributing other symptoms to teething as well. The experts warn that if babies are found to present any of these following symptoms, they should immediately see a doctor.
If a young child is visibly experiencing significant discomfort, refuses to drink or eat for days, or has a very high fever, they should go the hospital. Other symptoms mistakenly associated with teething are lasting diarrhea, as well as blisters and sores popping up around the mouth.
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