Fever treatment in your child as a parent can be a scary scenario. But fret not as we go through how you can take care of your baby’s fever during his first episode of illness.
Use the right thermometer
Ideally, a baby less than 6 months old’s temperature should be checked using a rectal thermometer.
What is a fever?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that the normal body temperature for a healthy baby is between 36◦C to 38◦C (97F and 100.4F). A fever would be any temperature that rises to 38◦C 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. Look for symptoms such as a loss of appetite, cough, signs of an earache, unusual fussiness or sleepiness, or vomiting or diarrhea
Trust your Intuition
Even if your baby’s temperature 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 (antipyretic)
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 temperature. 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.
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.