First-time parents are always in a for a ride whenever they have their first baby. It can be quite stressful given that you still do not know how to handle things, but I promise that you will get by soon.
One of the things that parents dread is the possibility of their child getting a fever. Fever, as you know, is a normal body process and it can mean a lot of different things. It could be that the person is fighting an infection and that their bodies heat up as a means to fend off invading pathogens. But, it could also just be a part of a baby’s normal progression.
Fortunately, treating a baby’s fever is easy and most of the stuff that you will need can be purchased in an online baby store.
That being said, what are the best ways to treat a baby’s fever? Read on to find out.
Choose and Use the Right Thermometer
If your child is younger than 6 months’ old, you will need to use a rectal thermometer as opposed to a regular ear thermometer. That is because babies at this age still do not have a fully-developed ear, so if you insist on using the latter, you will get mostly inaccurate readings. Choose a rectal thermometer that is approved to be safe for babies.
Fever and the Doctor
As mentioned earlier, a fever is a normal bodily response- usually indicative of infection (but can also be a normal process during a baby’s normal growth).
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) if the baby is anywhere between 97-100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, then that would be considered normal.
However, they are said to have a fever if they go beyond 100.4. Now, when should you call a doctor? Well, if your baby is 3 months old’ or below and they already suffer from fever, then it is best that you call their physician immediately as this can be indicative of an infection.
For the most part, children over 6 months should experience a fever of 100.5 and above before you call the doctor.
You also have to look for additional symptoms as well, including (but not limited to) cough, loss of appetite, sleepiness, diarrhea, and vomiting.
As a parent, you are your baby’s tether so if you feel that your gut is telling you something dire, then you must seek the doctor’s attention immediately.
Other Things to Do
- It is vital that your child gets enough fluids (either from breastmilk, formula milk, or water) as they tend to get dehydrated when they suffer from fever
- Give your child some medicine to help relieve the fever symptoms. Their physician might prescribe baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen depending on their age. Do not go beyond the recommended dose
- A lukewarm bath may help reduce the temperature in your baby’s body. But, you have to look at how your baby reacts to it. If they are uncomfortable, it is best that you pull them out of the bath immediately.