Fever in Babies

Most babies have a warmer temperature than adults. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) confirms that a normal body temperature for a healthy baby is between 97 and 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Any indication of higher-than-normal body temperature can be a fever. Fever in babies can be heart-wrenching and scary for you and miserable for your baby. We are here to help you know about the symptoms and tips for caring for your kids in fever better so that you don't panic at the time of need and can act as required.

What is a fever?

A fever is essentially the body’s natural defenses and a sign that the body is waging war against infection. A fever isn't an illness in itself but is rather a symptom of an illness. A fever usually signifies that the body is combatting an illness and the immune system is functioning. Fever in babies might mean that the baby has probably picked up a cold or other viral infection and the body is fighting the infection.

Here are some of the things you can do to reduce his fever:

Keep him hydrated: It is essential that baby keeps taking breast milk or formula during a fever to avoid dehydration. This can also help the baby stay full, especially when they have a  reduced appetite.

Medicine for fever: If fever is making your baby miserable and your doctor says it is okay, you can use over the counter medicines to get down your baby's temperature. If the fever persists, it is advised that you run to the doctors. Some medicines are not recommended for babies below 6 months of age so please make sure to check with your doctor before giving any medicine to your infant.

Try a lukewarm or a sponge bath: If the baby is running a high fever and seems uncomfortable, sponging the baby down can help bring the temperature down and provide relief to the baby. However, use lukewarm water instead of cold water, or it might bring the temperature down way too fast.

Take off some layers of clothes: If your baby's temperature is higher than average because of extra clothes on a scorching day, help him cool by taking off a few of his layers and letting him rest or play peacefully in a cool spot. Bundling the child up just because they have a temperature can, in fact, make it worst!

Call the doctor

Ask your baby's physician for more specific advice in these cases:

  • If your baby is below three months and has a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or more, call the doctor immediately.

  • If he has symptoms such as loss of appetite, cough, unusual fussiness or sleepiness, or vomiting or diarrhea.

  • Your baby is pale or flushed or has fewer wet diapers.

  • You notice a sudden rash, which could indicate a more serious problem when coupled with a fever.

  • Your baby has problem breathing even after you clear his nose with a bulb syringe or a nasal aspirator. This could indicate pneumonia or bronchiolitis.

  • Your baby appears sick, and his temperature is lower than normal.

A slight increase in the temperature is okay, and you do not have a lot to worry about till the temperature hits 100 degrees, however; take measures to have the child looked at by the doctor if the fever spikes, fluctuates or remains consistently high. Fever in babies can be the worst nightmare for the parents, but having the right information and knowing how to take the necessary steps can help one feel prepared, in case such a situation arises.

References:

https://www.parents.com/baby/care/american-baby-how-tos/how-to-treat-babys-first-fever/
https://www.babycenter.com/0_fever-in-babies_84.bc?showAll=true

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