Question by jennsuzy:
Why do babies get flu-like symptoms when they are teething?

My son has been teething for the majority of the past 6 weeks, and I was wondering why it is that they get fevers and runny noses, among other miserable symptoms, when they are teething. My son had a fever on and off for about a week with his last set of teeth. Now he’s got a terrible runny nose the past 3 days waiting for his 6th tooth to come through.

But he got his first 2 teeth at three months and they did not seem to bother him at all. I did not even know he was teething until the teeth were already through. No fevers, no crankiness. I wonder why those did not bother him, but now at 7-8 months they do bother him so much.


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Answer by mominohio
their bodies have to fight off any infection that might occur while the teeth are pushing through the gums. Just as older kids sometimes develop similar symptoms when they get in the “adult teeth”. I know when my molar came through I ran a 101 fever when i was 11 years old. When my wisdom teeth pushed through again i started running a fever everytime they would push through more.

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