The infants in the study had up to seven erupted teeth when the study started. They did not have a history of conditions that could cause symptoms related to teething.
The researchers visited the infants' homes daily over an eight-month period. They took the babies' temperature inside the ear and under the arm. The researchers asked the mothers to describe any symptoms their baby had in the last 24 hours.
The symptoms were recorded every day on a chart. It was also noted on a daily basis if the tooth was erupting or not.
In all, 231 teeth erupted during the study. On average, each baby had nearly five teeth erupt. The temperature, when taken both by ear and armpit, rose slightly on eruption days.
However, teething and fever were not linked. The highest temperature recorded was 98 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a rectal reading of 100.4 degrees or less or an oral reading of 99 degrees or less is considered normal.
Most common symptoms of teething reported by the parents included:
Loss of appetite
Other symptoms reported were diarrhea, rash, and sleep problems.