Fever in Babies: 7 Important Things You Might Not Know
When I’m in between confusion and anxiety, I feel I’m about to fail as a mother. Fever could mean a lot of things. So I did my best to educate myself on what to do when my baby is sick. The 7 things a mom should know about fever in babies taught me how to react correctly when my baby is too hot.
But that’s what do you expect from a mom?
An indication of a baby fever
A rectal temperature of 38 degrees Celsius and above is a sign that a baby has fever. Any lesser than this is considered normal and must not cause an alarm. Body temperature fluctuates within the day. And babies are no exemption to this.
Here are the signs of fever that you should watch out for:
Do you know that early in the morning the body temperature is lower compared to late in the afternoon? I guess it’s because, in the morning, our body is well-rested from the previous night’s sleep while within late afternoons, we are already tired from the whole day’s events.
So don’t be confused when you notice your baby is getting too hot. As long as it’s below 38 degrees Celsius, there’s nothing to worry about.
Factors that cause rise of temperature but no fever:
However, familiarize yourself with the dangers of heat stroke. This condition is often mistaken with fever. Learning how to deal with it can save your baby from harm.
The most reliable kind of thermometer
There are different kinds of thermometer that you can use at home. However, among those, the rectal thermometer is noted to be most accurate and reliable for your child especially newborns. So, if you don’t have it, I suggest to keep one.
Do you know how to take your baby’s temperature? Here is a short video tutorial to help you do it.
Bacterial VS Viral Fever
It’s necessary to know the cause of the fever. Is it bacterial, or viral?
Hints that you need to seek medical help:
Age of baby that is most vulnerable
When your baby is younger than three months and has a fever, you need to urgently bring her to the pediatrician. NEVER give medicine unless prescribed by any medical professional. The doctor needs to see the symptoms for better diagnosis and treatment.
Pay Attention to the Symptoms, not the Temperature
Every child is unique. You’ll be surprised that body temperature is not what’s crucial when it comes to fever. Some babies have a very high temperature but look healthy and active. This means, your baby doesn’t need any medication at all.
Nevertheless, other babies display signs of illness with the same temperature. Having a fever means the body is fighting infection. It’s our body’s defense mechanism to battle bacteria and viruses. When the baby’s immune system weakens, symptoms of having a fever appears.
Then, it’s time that the baby needs help from a physician.
Fever is an indication that our body is fighting.
It’s kind of ironic to feel relieved when your little one is suffering from fever. Nonetheless, the fact that the child is reacting to infection means she is healthy enough to battle the cause. The body is ready to set defenses to fight. Showing fever symptoms would help the doctors determine the treatment.
Hence, when your baby has a fever, don’t worry that much. Your baby’s immune system is doing its job. It’s your turn to pay attention and understand if she needs urgent help.
Use medicine cautiously
Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen are common medication for fever. But if you can help it, try not to use medicine instantly. Here is a video that gives tips for moms on how to reduce the fever naturally as a remedy.
Understand that these are just first aid measures. When the fever persists within the day, don’t hesitate to call your physician.
Safety tips when giving your baby reducers
Various reducers are available over the counter. Mom’s confidence strengthens in time and practice. Although you know what to do, still below is a guide to refresh you.
IMPORTANT: When a baby is below three years old, don’t give medicine unless instructed by the pediatrician.
Tip: Don’t worry when your baby is sleeping peacefully. Long sleep is what she needs to recover. So, there’s no need to wake her up when it’s time for medicine.
Fever is a common illness for anyone. As a mom, I consider it necessary to learn first aid and natural remedies at home. My responsibility does not stop from giving them shelter and food. My care extends to being a nurse and protector.
Moms, have you learned the importance of fever? If so, please share it with other mothers that need to know!