What New Parents Should Know About Treating A Feverish Baby

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Fever in infants can be scary, but don't panic, mama! Read all about baby temperature, and find out how to safely treat your child's first fever. However, you need to be very cautious and carefully before taking any actions in purpose to treat baby’s fever. Read this article on HappyMom.Life earlier to hold basic things on what should do to a sick baby.



Use The Right Thermometer


Babies younger than 6 months should have their temperatures taken with a rectal thermometer. Because their ear canals are so small, you can't get an accurate reading with an ear thermometer.



What Is A Fever? 


The normal body temperature for a healthy baby is between 97deg and 100.4deg Fahrenheit (36 deg to 38 deg Celsius). A fever would be any temperature that rises to 100.4° F or above.



When To Call The Doctor? 


If your baby is under 3 months, you should call his pediatrician immediately. A fever in a baby this young could mean a serious infection. Expert suggests calling the doctor if a baby is between 3 months and 6 months old and has a fever of 101° F (38.3° C) or higher, or is older than 6 months and has a temperature of 103° F (39.4° C) or higher. Look for such symptoms as a loss of appetite, cough, signs of an earache, unusual fussiness or sleepiness, or vomiting or diarrhea.


Trust Your Gut


Even if your baby's fever isn't that high, but he's not acting like himself, call your doctor. You're the best judge of whether your little one is truly sick or not.



Keep Him Hydrated


It's important that baby keeps taking breast milk or formula during a fever to avoid dehydration.



Give Him A Fever Reducer


Your doctor might recommend giving your child some baby acetaminophen (or ibuprofen, if your baby is at least 6 months old) to bring down the fever. Never give more than the recommended dosage to your child; her weight will determine the right dose. And always use the measuring device that comes with the medicine to give your baby exactly the right amount.



Keep This In Mind


Some doctors believe that if a child isn't uncomfortable and is eating and sleeping normally, it's often best to let the fever run its course, as that is the body's way of fighting an infection. Ask your pediatrician what he thinks the best course of action might be.



Try A Lukewarm Bath


If baby is running a high fever and seems uncomfortable, put him in a lukewarm bath to try to bring his body temperature down. You can also wet some washcloths and give him a sponge bath if you don't think he's going to react well to being in the tub.



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