How to Find and Fight a Baby's First Fever
How to treat your baby’s first fever!
A fever can be the most frightening thing to parents, especially when your baby is still very young, and you are inexperienced with fevers. First things first, Don’t freak out! Make sure to stay calm and go step by step. If you are completely lost and do not know what to do then make sure you not hesitate and call your pediatrician for advice.
Check the baby’s temperature:
For baby’s that are younger than 6 months, please use a rectal thermometer because you’ll get a more accurate number due to their small ears.
How do I know my baby has a fever?
Well, the normal body temperature for healthy babies is around 80 and 100.4 degrees. Therefore you know if your baby’s temperature measures more than 100.4 they have a fever …
What to look out for:
-If your baby is under 3 months then you need to call your pediatrician immediately. A baby this young experiencing a fever can be very serious and needs to be checked out by a professional.
-If your doctor or pediatrician prescribed any medication, please make sure to follow all directions from the doctor carefully. NEVER give more or less than recommended.
-Make sure you are providing you baby with plenty of fluids (water or Breast milk, formula). It is important to provide your baby with fluids because it already it dehydrated.
Things that might help:
-A lukewarm bath has been known as a home remedy. These baths help keep your baby’s temperature down. If your baby is uncomfortable in the bath then you can also use some damp
-Make sure to give your baby a lot of attention and comfort. Your baby is in an uncomfortable place and needs all the love and comfort it can possibly get.
-Keep the blinds fairly low and make sure the house or apartment is at a normal temperature (not to hot, not too cold)
Know your child:
-If you notice that your baby is acting unusual for example is more fussy and does not sleep as much or does not sleep through the night, then make sure to contact your pediatrician for help. It does not always have to be a fever to identicate something wrong with your child's health, therefor be cautious and observing of your baby’s feelings and behaviours.