BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Teething is probably considered the best sign that your tyke is growing up. Many parents think that teething is commonly associated with high fever. According to a new pediatric study high fever and teething are not related, and that parents should pay more attention to their child’s symptoms.
Being a parent usually translates as getting more than you’ve ever asked for. The tykes can be adorable, but what a joy they are when they get a little bug. Indeed, the life of a parent is challenging, even when the little bird is all grown up and left the nest.
Maybe one the most common things to get worried about as a parent is when your child grows his first teeth. Yes, they look quite adorable with those little white niblets in their mouth, but the process itself can be quite painful.
Many parents still think that it’s okay for children to develop a high fever while teething. Moreover, they still think that wishing away the fever is the best way to get rid of it. But it seems, that, in reality, a high fever can be a sign or the sign that your child might have a serious problem, like an infection.
And there’s even a study to back up this argument. According to Doctor Paul Casamassimo, the director of the Academic of Pediatric Dentistry, high fever is usually not one of the usual symptoms of teething. Moreover, the doctor, who is also the leading author of the study, declared that high fever and teething are not related.
According to the dentist, the usual signs associated with teething are swollen gums, drooling, discomfort, and crankiness. Usually, these symptoms don’t last longer than 3 to 5 days, although there are cases where the symptoms could last longer.
When approached with the issues, the doctor firmly declared that there is no scientific evidence to endorse the idea that high fever is a symptom of teething. Furthermore, both the dentist and other pediatricians declared that if your child has a high fever, then it would be a good idea to rush him to the local hospital because he might have an underlying condition.
Casamassimo, in his statement, offered some advice to the parents. The doctor declared that teething toys could alleviate some of the discomfort of teething. And if the pain doesn’t go away, the parents can use child pain reliever. However, the doctor said that if parents choose to use pain relievers they should stay away from drugs that contain lidocaine or benzocaine.
Last, but not least, if your child begins to develop a high fever (over 101 degrees Fahrenheit), accompanied by other symptoms like lack of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea then you should definitely seek medical advice.