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Baby Fever 101: How to Care for Your Child

Nothing is more important to parents than their child. It is not uncommon or wrong for you to feel that panic and cramps if your little one is showing signs of high fever. 

Here we are going to discuss some facts about high fever which can help you manage the situation little better. It is vital to know how you can provide comfort to your little baby and when you need to opt for medical care.

Caring For Your Baby

If you find your baby’s forehead warm, you may be right most of the times after checking with thermometer that the baby has fever, still never just restrain to the touch method alone. Always ensure it with thermometer.

A rectal temperature of more than 100.4°F (38°C) is considered a fever.  However it may not always be a bad thing as suggested by the American Academy of Paediatrics. Rather it may indicate that your baby’s immune system is combatting some infection.

However, fever can make your little one uncomfortable causing breathing issue too.

Usually, fever is accompanied with the below diseases:

  • Cold
  • Influenza
  • Ear Infection
  • Sore Throat
  • Pneumonia
  • Blood, Bowel and Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Meningitis
  • Some Kind of Viral Infection

So, What Can You Do to Comfort your Child?

The first step is to ensure that your baby does not get dehydrated. Dehydration is the common concern associated with fever.

 To check for symptoms of dehydration, notice if the baby’s mouth is dry, diapers are less wet or if he/ she is crying without tears. Offer fluid regularly to avoid dehydration.

If your baby looks uncomfortable and is not eating or playing normally, you need to take an action.

You Can Try:

  • Giving a sponge bath or a lukewarm bath
  • Use a cooling fan
  • Don’t put too many clothes
  • Give extra fluids
  • If your baby is breastfeeding, try to nurse more often to prevent dehydration. 
  • Keep your child’s room comfortably cool. 

Consulting with doctor, you can give a dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These medicines usually reduce fever by a degree or two. 

Check if the fever has dropped down or has increased after you have tried these things. If it is still not lowering down, you need to visit your paediatrician.

What are the signs for calling doctor immediately?

Call your paediatrician instantly if your baby has a fever along with any of the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • A rash anywhere on the body
  • If you notice seizure
  • Not eating, sleeping or playing

Most important thing to remember and exercise at all the times while comforting your little one is to keep your compose. Staying calm helps you give better care to the baby and also provide positive energy to your baby and partner.