Teething vs Colds
The signs of teething can mimic the symptoms of an illness, making it difficult for you to differentiate between teething and a cold. An infant or child cutting a tooth often experiences a slight increase in temperature, a runny nose, and a headache. Those symptoms can also appear during a cold, so you need to look for other clues that indicate the child is teething, such as drooling or a visible tooth right below the surface of the gum. The child might also engage in excessive gnawing or biting, since the additional pressure on the gums can help relieve the pain of cutting a tooth. If your child is experiencing a sudden or drastic change in temperature, it is best to contact a health care provider for advice.