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Last Updated on April 12, 2021
In the midst of my hosting move this weekend, the Little woke up with a 102.5 fever. This was his first cold and I promptly freaked out and called my mom, mother-in-law, his doctor, my husband, and my friend who has a 1-year-old and , well, the girl and her baby are sick every month so she has experience. I was just short of calling my sister-in-law who is an EMT but my husband beat me to it.
After every type of advice and worry was exhausted, I put him in a onsie and keep cool cloths on his forehead and took his temperature every 5 minutes. His doctor advised that I don’t give him anything as a fever is your body’s mechanism to an infection, illness or TEETHING. She also advised that if it went over 104 degrees to take him to urgent care.
He was pretty bundled up when I grabbed him in the morning and his temperature keep dropping pretty quickly and settled at 99.5 so I slowly calmed down and saw that he was drooling like an English bulldog. I realized I had a teething baby on my hands and I quickly upped his dose of Camilla and wore him the Ergo all day.
I’ve wondered when the little suckers were going to finally make an appearance (they still haven’t but it’s close). For all you other new mammas out there, fever and a running nose aren’t typically included in the signs of teething that your doctor will tell you – but they ARE. Here are some other signs and remedies:
Teething Baby Signs
1) Drooling like the Niagara Falls
2) Chewing on everything in sight. Watch those fingers!
5) Bulging gums – I have yet to see this as the Little will not move his tongue without an extra amount of fuss.
6) Coughing due to all that extra saliva
9) Drool rash
Whiskey – just kidding! Maybe a shot for you!
Cold cloths on the gums
Ice or a frozen banana
Homeopathic teething remedies
Thanks for sharing, my little guy is teething I think…so I will be on the lookout for all the symptoms:)
You’re welcome! It’s amazing how frightening this stuff can be sometimes.
my 2 1/2 year old is going through this…AGAIN. /sigh. She only has 4 more teeth until she has them all, but none of them have been as bad as this last week. She’s So crabby!
Yes, Niagara Falls nose and drool are definitely signs of teething, Chewing on everything, increased crankiness, decrease in appetite, fever, that’s all that my kids experience EVERY time they teeth.
I know doctors NOW say that we don’t need to worry about a fever until it is 104 or higher, but i’m sorry, I grew up with different standards and for tiny babies, 104 is when brain damage can occur, so I don’t like to wait until it’s TOO late. I start freaking out when it reaches 103. The Dr’s tell me over and over again, “don’t panic..it’s not over 104” but I will continue to have problems with fevers of 103; I always will and now amount of comfort from them will take that fear away.
I hear you! 104 is freaken high! I would have gone at 103.
You may laugh at whiskey, but I do remember being given it as a child with honey and lemon, and I didn’t turn into an alcoholic or end up with any health issues! LOL However, I didn’t remember about it when my kids were little! Probably a good thing, because I’m sure the neighbors wouldn’t approve! 😉
Ha! My husband and I have seriously considered it MANY time. Thanks for sharing.
Coming from a dentist, you hit this post nail on. Thanks for positing this! Teething is the worst!
that is THE WORST. and especially the first fever. hang in there, mama!
Yup, I remember when my first started teething, I freaked out just like that. That was 11 years ago, but I remember being so scared – it’s your baby and you want them to never be suffering or sick! Thanks for sharing this – feels good that other moms have the same worries 🙂
Fevers still scare me and my daughter is past the baby stage.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when a doctor (or other ‘professional’) says “There is no link between teething and fever. They’re sick with something else”. Pfft… moms know new teeth = fever. It’s a great predictor!
Teething is a booger bear to deal with. The 2 year old liked when she had frozen strawberry slices. She loves strawberries so she would naw on them until they unthawed.
Ha I never tried the whiskey but have heard of that! Oh the memories!