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Myth: Teething Causes High Fevers…

A popular myth suggests that teething babies often have fevers. However, this isn’t accurate and can be potentially risky. If your baby has a fever, it’s essential to address it properly and not assume it’s due to teething.1a Turn to Panado® to break your tot’s fever.

Teething causes high fevers

Teething is a natural process that typically occurs in babies aged between six and 30 months,1b lasting about two years.1c Teething is a source of parental concern and many unrelated illnesses are blamed on teething despite little scientific proof to support these beliefs.1d


Signs Of Teething In Babies

Some babies sail through teething effortlessly, but for others, it’s a trying period. Every baby experiences teething differently, and the symptoms can vary.2a

Common signs of teething include drooling, fussiness, the urge to bite or suck on objects, and refusing food.2b These symptoms can persist for days or even months as a new tooth emerges through the gums.2c

Research, however, tells us that while teething can possibly cause a mildly raised temperature (still under 38° C)3a, it isn’t typically the cause of things like a high fever (over 38° C)3b, neither are coughs, stuffy noses3c,d, sleep troubles3e, rashes3f (other than facial rashes), vomiting3g, or more frequent nappy changes due to diarrhoea3h.


While teething can be uncomfortable for your baby, there are ways to manage your child’s pain.

Panado®’s paediatric range includes peppermint flavoured syrup in convenient 5ml sachets, strawberry4 flavoured syrup, peppermint flavoured alcohol and sugar-free syrup5, peppermint flavoured infant drops6 with a dosage dropper and recently launched grape flavoured syrup which is colourant-free, tartrazine-free, alcohol-free and sugar-free7.

Panado paediatric full range

Always administer using a medicine measure or a syringe. Do not exceed the recommended dose.  Dosage details can be found at https://panado.co.za/dosage-calculator/ and are calculated according to your child’s age and weight.

Parents trust8 Panado® to fight their little one’s pain and provide fast9 relief when needed most. Panado® products are available at Baby City, Pick n Pay, Checkers, including Hypers, Shoprite, Clicks, Dis-Chem, and Independent Pharmacies. For more information, visit https://panado.co.za/ and join the conversations on Facebook.

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References:

  1. Yousif MK. Mothers’ false beliefs and myths associated with teething. Qatar Med J. 2020 Dec 9;2020(2):32. doi: 10.5339/qmj.2020.32. PMID: 33329998; PMCID: PMC7724255. Available from : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7724255/. Last accessed August 2023.
  2. Crest. Teething Fever: Can teething cause fevers? Available from : https://crest.com/en-us/oral-care-tips/kids/teething-fever. Last accessed August 2023.
  3. National Childbirth Trust. Has my baby started teething? The signs to look out for. Available from : https://www.nct.org.uk/baby-toddler/teething/has-my-baby-started-teething-signs-look-out-for. Last accessed August 2023.
  4. Panado® Paediatric Syrup Strawberry (Syrup). Approved package insert, March 2002.
  5. Panado® Paediatric Syrup Alcohol and Sugar-Free / Panado® Paediatric Syrup. Approved package insert, April 2010.
  6. Panado® Infant Drops (Drops). Approved package insert, August 1990.
  7. Panado® Paediatric Alcohol Free – Grape Flavour. Approved package insert. October 2022.
  8. Circana, MT,  Feb 2024 MAT.
  9. Wilcock A, Twycross R. Therapeutic reviews: Acetaminophen (Paracetamol). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 2013;46(5):747-755

For full prescribing information refer to the Professional Information approved by SAHPRA.  Adcock Ingram Limited. Co. Reg. No. 1949/034385/06. Private Bag X69, Bryanston, 2021, South Africa. Customer care: 0860 ADCOCK/ 232625. www.adcock.com. 2023080710304714. August 2023.

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