Signs Your Baby Has A Fever
Your baby having a fever is an indication your child’s immune system is working overtime to protect them from infection or disease. Unfortunately, babies with a fever are usually very irritable and cry a lot and are difficult to settle. Obviously because they cannot use words to express themselves babies cry to communicate their distress with you, they may also use other physical ways of express mood like kicking feet, waving arms or moving their head in an unaccustomed fashion. These non verbal cues are something you and your baby will learn, they will get better with their communication as will you at picking up on these cues.
If Your Child Develops A Fever
A fever in itself is not sickness, and therefore does not need treating. A fever is the body’s way of raising temperature to make the internal environment more hostile to any unwelcome germs or virus. As well as using heat for purposes of elimination of contaminants via perspiration. If a child develops a fever, and you wish to lower it then there are several things you can do at home to bring it down, to help your child feel more comfortable.
Record Body Temperature Frequently
At break of fever you do not necessarily need to run to the doctor straight away, begin recording body temperature of your baby regularly using a thermometer. Normal body temperature is about 37oC (36.5 and 37.5 oC) and once you record a temperature above the norm then there are several things you can do at home to reduce the fever, and help keep your child more comfortable. A temperature of 38 oC or more in babies under three months and 38.5 oC or more in older infants or children is considered to be significantly high.
Drink Lots Of Fluids
First thing to remember is to let your child drink a lot of fluids. Most illnesses that involve fevers can dehydrate children quickly, so it is important that they drink fluids regularly while they are sick. Orange juice or pieces of fruit can help hydrate. Fruit juices can also help support the immune system, provide energy, vitamins and minerals to your child.
Another fruit which can help ease down fever is apricot, made into a juice, a cup of apricot juice can quench the thirst and supply vitamins and minerals to your child.
Raisins soaked in water, can be a way to increase fluids if your baby is refusing to drink their fluids.
Another way to help ease a fever is by giving your child a tepid bath, this can pull heat away from the entire body at once. A towel can be placed on the head or back of the neck to cool the blood flow to this area and help lower core temperature during a fever.
Remove Excess Clothing
Remove excess clothing so the heat can escape their body.
Feed Your Child
Though your child may not have the appetite to eat, it is important to try feeding them to help keep their strength up.
Medication can help lower a fever, but your options are limited for children, typically you can give your child paracetamol or ibufrupen in recommended dosages only.
Consult Your Doctor
Regarding a fever it is best to consult your doctor in the case of persistent fever or a significantly high temperature (38 oC or more in babies under three months and 38.5 oC or more in older infants or children). In very young babies it is important to understand the cause for a fever and as a result if you notice any change in their temperature then you should take them to the doctor immediately.
*** The information contained here is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment in any manner. Always seek the advice of your doctor with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.