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Teething problems & health issues like fever, ear ache and flu like symptoms that could occur while your baby or infant is cutting a tooth.

Teething can cause mild health problems, but one recent study found that nurses and doctors tend to ascribe symptoms to teething even when they may be signs of more serious illness.

Parents, on the other hand, may worry that teething-related ailments mean something is really wrong with their baby, so it's a case of finding a balance between the worries of parents and the casual attitudes of medical personnel. So, how can you tell whether your child's symptoms are related to cutting a new tooth, or something you should be worried about?

What to do if your baby has a fever or high grade temperature while teething?

Fever usually indicates a problem. Fever tells you there is infection: the body attempts to kill foreign germs by raising its temperature. Higher temperatures may kill some germs by making the environment inhospitable to them, but sometimes the fever can get too high: in this case, antibiotics may come into play. Babies run low fevers much more often than adults do. If your baby is under six months old, call the doctor as soon as he or she is running a fever: there's no sense in taking chances. Little babies can get very sick very fast, and you should be cautious. If your child was premature, always check with the doctor when there's a fever. In older children with a temperature over 100°F, call the doctor. Teething problems can sometimes cause low fevers, but if your child runs a high fever or has a temperature for a long period of time, you should get to a doctor because you may be seeing signs of illness or infection. Ear infections occur at the same ages that children are teething, and teething crankiness may at first mask the pain of the ear infection. But if you notice the crankiness worsening (teething pain seems to come and go), or if fever appears and grows, your child may have an ear infection requiring treatment.

Teething and Flu Like Symptoms are Generally Not Related

Ear infections or viral illnesses are responsible for flu or cold like symptoms like ear ache, cough or vomiting. Teething doesn't cause these symptoms, although your baby may be rubbing her ears either because of ear pain, jaw pain from teething or sleepiness. You can probably tell by the way she's crying that there's something else going on. Taking a temperature can confirm the presence of an ear infection: a trip to the pediatrician is in order.

When to consult a doctor about your baby health or possible sickness?

You can tell a lot about your child's health from the way she looks and acts: a healthy baby looks and behaves differently from a sick baby: most parents see the difference immediately. Vomiting is a clue that something is wrong: teething babies don't generally vomit (there are exceptions to every rule, but this is a pretty solid rule). Colic may cause crying and vomiting as well as rigidity of posture and fever. Diaper rash can accompany teething because the amount of saliva babies swallow when teething can wind up in their stomachs and then in the diaper, causing irritation. If diaper rash is an issue but the rash doesn't clear up with the usual ointments and treatment, your child may have developed a yeast infection in the diaper area. Take her to a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Some blood and bruising during teething is common in most infants and babies.

Teething can be gruesome for new parents. It's normal when cutting a tooth for babies to have bruises on the gums, and before a tooth pokes through the gum, there may be a sudden gush of blood that will scare the heck out of you if you aren't prepared for it. Not all babies bleed from the mouth when teething, but in some cases, a pocket of blood in the gum just above the tooth ruptures. Wipe out her mouth, feel around for the tooth bud, and make sure the blood is indeed coming from the gums. In normal teething, the child won't act like anything is wrong, because the eruption isn't any more painful than usual. It just looks scary to parents!

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