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Can teething cause a fever in babies?

Section: Baby Health

Although teething can cause your baby to feel a bit grumpy and uncomfortable, teething won't cause a fever in babies. 

The teething years normally begin around the six month mark, when you'll start to see little teeth start to break through your baby's gums. During this time, baby may become fussy and show the usual symptoms of teething, but if they show signs of a fever, know that this won't be related to teething and that you should seek medical advice as something else will be causing the fever. 

Teething symptoms vs fever symptoms 

Teething symptoms 

While babies can all get their teeth through at different times and in different orders, we've put together this simple guide to help you work out when your baby might be teething. If they're experiencing the below symptoms as well as getting their first teething poking through, your baby will be teething. 


  • Excessive drooling
  • Pink or red rash on the face (typically caused by a skin reaction to drool)
  • Gum pain
  • Excessive chewing
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping

If you think the issue is teething problems, there are a number of different teething remedies and solutions you can try to help your baby. 

Fever symptoms 

If you suspect your baby might have a fever, you should check it with a baby thermometer

  • Sweating
  • Shivering
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Dehydration
  • Aches
  • Weakness

Fevers can be caused by a number of things, the most common being viruses, infections and vaccinations, but it's always important to tell your child's GP if they have a high temperature or call 111 if you're concerned. 

Find out here how you can take your baby's temperature and help reduce their fever. 

  • Author: Lorna White Lorna White
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Lorna is the digital executive and regular contributor for Mother&Baby. After running the Yours magazine website which specialises in content about caring for kids and grandchildren, she has now brought her expertise to the UK's #1 leading pregnancy and parenting magazine. Lorna specialises on a range of topics from potty training and nutrition, to everything and anything that will keep your tot occupied!

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