WAYS TO TREAT A BABY’S FIRST FEVER
A baby’s first fever can be scary and overwhelming, but no matter what happens, do not panic. In this article, you are going to 11 ways to treat a baby’s first fever.
The American Academy of paediatrics (AAP) states that the normal body is temperature for a healthy between 360 Celsius (970f) and 380 Celsius (100.40 f) . therefore is defined as any temperature that rises above this range.
Because of the nature of babies, especially those younger than 6 months, you will need a rectal thermometer. This is because their ear canal are so small and it would be nearly impossible to have an accurate reading using an ear thermometer.
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SYMPTOMS OF FEVER IN BABIES
Look out for the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual fussiness or sleepiness
- Vomiting or signs of diarrhea
- Signs of an earache
WHEN TO CALL A DOCTOR
It is very important that you see the paediatrician if the baby with the fever is between 3 and 6 months old and has a temperature of 38.30 Celsius (1010 f) or higher or is older than 6 months and has a temperature higher than 39.40 Celsius (1030 f). Also call the doctor once those symptoms discussed above appears.
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Try this home remedies or tips while preparing to see the paediatrician
- Keep the baby hydrated; this you can do by making sure that the baby continues to suck breast milk or formula
- Know exactly when to call the doctor. The moment you notice any serious changes in the baby, please do not hesitate to call the doctor. We always advice that you write out the numbers to call and paste it in a conspicuous corner to avoid confusion.
- If you call the doctor and recommendations are made no matter what happens, never go beyond the doctor’s recommendation or dosage.
- Try giving the baby a lukewarm bath. You can also use some wet wash cloth to give him a sponge bath.
- Keep the baby’s room temperature Comfortable. If it is too cold, bundle up your baby in a light layer of clothing with a light weight blanket. If it is too hot, try using a fan to circulate air.
- If your baby is 6 months or older, try using Tylenol or Motrin fluids.
- If your baby is above 3 months, you can offer them a safe dose of children’s acetaminophen. Doses are usually based on weight, but if you are confused, please ask a doctor.
- Never administer any medication to your baby without consulting with your paediatrician.
- If your baby is less than 3 months, do not hesitate to seek medical attention when your baby has fever.
- Do not administer drugs meant for adults to a baby.
- Never use ice to lower your baby’s temperature