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How can you tell if your baby is sick instead of teething?

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Teething is when your baby’s teeth start to poke through the gum. It can make your baby fussy, drool, or cry more. A sick baby can also be cranky and have trouble eating and sleeping. Your baby has probably picked up a cold, stomach bug, or other illness if he or she:

If you're still not sure what's going on, check with your pediatrician.

  • Has a runny or stuffed nose
  • Is sneezing or coughing
  • Has diarrhea or is vomiting
  • Has a rash

From: Can Teething Cause a Fever? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Risk Posed by Popular Teething Meds Prompts FDA Warning to Parents, Physicians."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Signs and Symptoms of Primary Tooth Eruption: A Meta-analysis," "Teething: 4 to 7 Months."

American Dental Association: "Teething."

Mayo Clinic: "Common cold in babies: Symptoms and causes." "Sick baby? When to seek medical attention."

Nemours Foundation: "Teething Tots."

News release, American Academy of Pediatrics, February 2016.

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on January 18, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Risk Posed by Popular Teething Meds Prompts FDA Warning to Parents, Physicians."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Signs and Symptoms of Primary Tooth Eruption: A Meta-analysis," "Teething: 4 to 7 Months."

American Dental Association: "Teething."

Mayo Clinic: "Common cold in babies: Symptoms and causes." "Sick baby? When to seek medical attention."

Nemours Foundation: "Teething Tots."

News release, American Academy of Pediatrics, February 2016.

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on January 18, 2017

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