- To mask the purpose of the study, parents were told that it was intended
to examine normal infant behavior. The authors, however, observed that
most parents seemed to discern that the questionnaire was designed to
study teething, thus possibly introducing surveillance bias.3
- None of the fevers higher than 104°F and only one fever over 103°F
that occurred during the 369 recorded tooth eruptions were unexplained
by another illness known to be associated with fever.3
- A contemporaneous prospective cohort study of the relationship between
teething and possibly associated symptoms in 21 children found no significant
relationship between teething and fever.4
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