Fever, Diarrhea, Illness or Teething

Got a teething toddler with a fever or diarrhea? Your little one may actually be ill.

 

The most common signs of teething are drooling, tender gums and irritability. While fever is reported in about 25% of teething children, researchers (who looked at 10 different studies involving 3,500 teething children) say the temperature rise typically doesn't meet the definition of fever (greater than 100 degrees F).

Diarrhea has been found in about 20% of teething children, but researchers say it typically peaks with the eruption of incisors (the first teeth) and seems to decrease with age.

Bottom line: if your toddler has a temp higher than 100 degrees F, or signs of diarrhea in more than 2 bowel movements, check with your healthcare provider.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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