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High fever...teething or actually sick?

my son is running a temp of 101-102. itll stay there for a bit then drop for about 10 minutes then spike back up. he is teething but im wondering if he got an ear infection or something bc hes just falling down weak/tired...anyone know if the temp going up and down is just teething or do yall think it may be more? im going to take him in the morning if its still that high but i wanted some input for tonight and ideas on how to bring it down. ive been switching tylenol and motrin all day and i gave him a cool bath...he wont eat or drink. and hes had only 1 semi wet diaper today.


Asked by MommaWoods at 9:31 PM on Nov. 16, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Sounds like the fever is too high for teething. My kids always had a very low fever while teething around 99.5 but never higher than 100

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:41 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • Dr.'s will say teething does not cause a fever, but my children always has a slight fever while teething. A child should not have a fever that high tho. I think something else is going on. Also if he has only had one wet diaper today, it sounds as if he is getting dehydrated which can be very dangerous for little ones. Call your ped and see what they recommend.

    Answer by midnightmoma at 9:37 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • I have always heard the same. That teething doesn't cause a fever, maybe low grade, but not high. Usually high fevers come along with infections.
    Also if tylenol or motrin isn't helping the fever that is a bad sign. If there is an urgent care nearby you may want to visit them tonight. And like PP said make sure he gets enough fluids.

    Answer by AnnaMac at 9:45 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • That sounds like a sick child, not a teething child.
    Given that he's only had 1 wet diaper today I am concerned.
    Please call your Doctor immediately.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:54 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

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