So Sunday at lunch time, I noticed Aaron wasn't eating much. I checked his temperature and it was a little over 100. I put him down for a nap, anxious that he was getting sick, hoping it wasn't the new flu going around. When he woke up, he didn't quite seem himself and his temperature was over 101. By bedtime it had climbed to around 103. We gave him Tylenol before bed and checked on him a few times before we went to bed. We turned on the monitor in our room because he had seemed to be breathing rapidly and we were worried about breathing problems if he did have the flu.
I couldn't sleep. Every time he made a sound, my adrenaline shot up. It was an over reation, but I couldn't help it. I always worry more at night, too, so that didn't help. At 2:30, he woke up crying. I went in to him and he said "fall", which usually means a pacifier fell. But he had his pacifiers (he gets 3 at night, one to suck on and one for each hand). When I asked what had fallen, he said "shoes". So I was worried he was delerious (although he may just have been dreaming or recalling a time his shoes fell from the shoe rack). His temp was up over 103, so we gave him more Tylenol and put him down. But about 10 minutes later, he was crying again. Even though he didn't ask for food, I thought he might be hungry since he hadn't eaten much for dinner.
We got him up and let him have some milk and dry cereal. He chatted a little but didn't seem delerious, so I felt better. He went back down around 3am and slept until nearly 7am. I managed to get some sleep at that point.
On Monday morning, I had a prenatal checkup and since our nanny Kim wanted to avoid getting sick (I didn't blame her), Thom stayed home with Aaron while I went. He had a mild fever Monday morning, but not enough to give him more Tylenol. He took a morning nap and an afternoon nap and by afternoon, his temperature was under 100.
Tuesday morning, his fever was still gone, so Kim came to watch him. He never developed any other symptoms, other than lack of appetite and being excessively tired those 2 days.
Starting maybe a day or two before the fever, he seemed to be teething more. One of his 2 year molars had made an appearance several weeks ago on the top left, but he has 3 more to go. He was putting his fingers in his mouth a lot and drooling more than usual. (I figured putting his fingers in his mouth is what helped him to get sick.) Yesterday, after his nap, he was acting like his mouth hurt. I looked inside and sure enough, another molar had erupted on the bottom left side, and later, I realized there was a new molar on the bottom right side as well.
There is anecdotal evidence that kids get fevers when they are teething. But there are very authoritarian statements online and in parenting books that teething NEVER causes fever and that fever means there is a viral infection. After this last experience, though, where Aaron had fever followed by no other viral symptoms, but followed by the eruption of 2 new molars, I can see where the anecdotal evidence comes from.