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Side Effects of Teething

Teething can be difficult to diagnose because there is little visible evidence to guide parents to the source of the pain and crying. When an infant begins teething, parents need to rely on signs and symptoms that do not include actually seeing the first teeth pushing through.
Some of the possible side effects of teething include:
  • Excessive drooling
  • Irritability/crankiness
  • Hand biting
  • Biting or chewing on anything
  • Night wakening
  • Ear pulling
  • Gum rubbing
  • Hardening of the lower gum line
  • Facial rash (drool rash)
  • Low-grade fever (less than 100.4ºF or 38ºC) -- high fever is not a teething side effect
  • Sensitive and painful gums
  • Feeding difficulties.
(Click Teething Symptoms and Signs to learn more about the possible side effects of teething and to find out how long these signs typically last.)
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