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Why do babies get a fever when they are teething?

and what is normal temperature?

What temperature is considered a fever?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    They shouldn't really get a fever when they're teething, old wives tales to the contrary. Often it's just coincidence, since babies start teething about 6 months, which is when the mother's immunity wears off, and they begin to get more infections. Another theory is that the inflammation of the gums leads to a fever, but there is no reason why they should get a fever from teething.

    "A normal temperature is about 98.6°F when taken orally (by mouth). Temperatures taken rectally (by rectum) usually run 1° higher than those taken orally. So a normal temperature is about 99.6°F when taken rectally. Many doctors define a fever as an oral temperature above 99.4°F or a rectal temperature above 100.4°F."

    "Under 3 months old. Call your doctor right away if your baby's temperature goes over 100.4°F rectally, even if he or she doesn't seem sick. Babies this young can get very sick very quickly.

    Three to 6 months old. Call your doctor if your baby has a temperature of 101°F or higher (even if your baby doesn't seem sick) or a temperature of 99.5°F that has lasted more than 24 hours.

    Six months and older. If your child has a fever of 101.4°F, watch how he or she acts. Call your doctor if the fever rises or lasts for more than 3 days. In children 3 months to 2 years of age, if the temperature is 103°F, call your doctor even if your child seems to feel fine."

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