A fever is a common sign of illness, but it’s not always a bad thing. In fact, a fever is usually a normal response of a child’s immune system to a virus or bacterial infection.
Most healthy children can tolerate a fever well, and it lasts about 3 to 5 days under normal circumstances.
The most common cause of fevers in babies is a viral infection. In some cases, teething can cause a slight increase in body temperature. In younger babies, a fever could be a sign of a serious infection.When you see your baby’s temperature rise, it can be a great concern for you. You may be in a dilemma whether to call the doctor or get emergency medical care. The guidelines below may be helpful.
Baby Fever Guidelines as per the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
•Newborns up to 3 months of age: Anything higher than 100.4 degrees (38 degrees Celsius) is a matter of concern.
•Infants between 3 and 6 months of age: A fever higher than 101 degrees (38.3 degrees Celsius) should be checked by your pediatrician.
•Babies age 6 months or older: A temperature over 103 degrees (39.4 degrees Celsius) needs immediate consultation with a doctor.
If your baby shows other signs or symptoms of illness, such as a cold, cough, vomiting or diarrhea, consult your doctor. Moreover, as a parent, always trust your instincts. If you think you should contact the doctor, go ahead.
In any situation, in addition to your doctor’s prescribed medication, you can follow a few tips to help manage or reduce your baby’s fever.
Here are the few ways to reduce a fever in babies.
1. Cold Compresses
As soon as your baby develops a fever, the first thing to do is put a cool, wet washcloth on your baby’s forehead. As the water from the wet washcloth evaporates from the skin, it will draw the fever out and the temperature will come down quickly.
1.Put some cool tap water in a bowl.
2.Soak a clean washcloth in the water.
3.Wring out the excessive water, then place the wet cloth on the baby’s forehead.
4.Once the cloth warms, remove it and repeat again.
5.Do this until the fever has gone.
6.You can also use the damp washcloth to sponge areas like your baby’s armpits, feet, hands and groin to reduce the temperature.
7.Note:Never use very cold or ice water, as it may cause the internal body temperature to increase.