Can Teething Make A Baby Lethargic?

Reviewed on 9/1/2020

What Is Lethargy?

Pain from teething may disrupt a baby's normal sleep habits, which can lead to more daytime sleepiness that can result in symptoms of lethargy.
Pain from teething may disrupt a baby’s normal sleep habits, which can lead to more daytime sleepiness that can result in symptoms of lethargy.

Lethargy is a lack of energy, sluggishness, apathy or indifference, or laziness. Teething is a developmental process in which a baby’s teeth start growing and breaking through the gums.

What Are Symptoms of Lethargy?

Lethargy is a symptom of other medical conditions. Characteristics of lethargy may include:

  • Lack of energy
  • Sluggishness
  • Listlessness
  • Apathy or indifference
  • Laziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Tiredness

What Are Symptoms of Teething?

Symptoms of teething include: 

  • Fussiness
  • Gnawing or chewing on fingers or fists continuously
  • Sensitive and swollen gums
  • Increased drooling
  • Slight increase in temperature 

Teething can make a baby feel uncomfortable but it does not cause rashes, colds, fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or above, vomiting, or diarrhea, and it should not increase crying. If your baby has additional symptoms, consult your child’s pediatrician.

Can Teething Make A Baby Lethargic?

Pain from teething may disrupt a baby’s normal sleep habits, which can lead to more daytime sleepiness that can result in symptoms of lethargy.

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Reviewed on 9/1/2020
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