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On teething symptoms

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:282
  1. Mike South (, director
  1. Department of General Medicine, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia

    EDITOR—One of the messages of the short report by Wake and Hesketh is that healthcare professionals should be wary of attributing symptoms such as fever and irritability to teething because of the risk of missing significant illness.1 Another seems to be that teething rarely causes any symptoms and that healthcare professionals who believe that it does are misinformed. I think this misrepresents the facts.

    At least three or four retrospective studies and three good prospective studies show the association …

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