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When babies are teething, all sorts of odd symptoms appear, from drooling to loose stools and sometimes even a fever. But now researchers are saying that parents need to be wary of brushing off a fever during those uncomfortable days of new teeth as just another symptom of teething, as it could indicate potentially more serious problems.
While teething can cause a rise in body temperature up to 101 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a new analysis published in the Pediatrics journal, a high-grade fever is not a common symptom of teething and should be taken seriously.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's Pediatric Oral Health and Research and Policy Center's Dr. Paul Casamassimo tells CNN, "If a child has a really high fever, or is in significant discomfort, or won't eat or drink anything for days, that's a red flag for concern."
Other symptoms associated with teething include a excessive drool, decreased appetite, sleeping problems, diarrhea, rash and vomiting, says the study. But it's important to note that symptoms should only last three to five days and "are not a chronic thing. They come and go," says Casamassimo.
So it's especially important for parents to pay attention for other risk factors like whether their child is staying hydrated, acting especially lethargic, has diarrhea or sores and blisters in their mouth. If you notice any of these things along with a high fever, you should contact your pediatrician.