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What do you say to parents when they ask if the baby's fever is from teething?

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pemsou5_wp • December 10, 2021

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  1. Kelly December 10, 2021 - 3:44 pm Reply

    Many parents believe that fever can be attributed to teething. The potential scientific mechanism would be a release of cytokines and other inflammatory mediators during teething. However, a meta-analysis of symptoms during tooth eruption found that while body temperature may rise slightly, it does not rise to the level of fever as defined by temperature 38 C or higher . Another meta-analysis found an association between teething and fever only for rectal temperatures although study quality and sample sizes were low.

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