Sunday, 1 February 2015

Fever in babies


Don’t panic, if your child gets fever. It's heartbreaking to witness any kind of discomfort in your baby, but don’t overreact. High temperatures have been known to cause such fear among parents that it has its own catch-phrase among medical professionals: "fever phobia."

If your baby is under 3 months old, your fever phobia is warranted. A temperature of 100.4 or higher in a baby this young is considered a medical emergency. Call your baby's doctor immediately, and make sure he or she understands that your baby is younger than 3 months. If medical advice is unavailable, go to the emergency room, even if it's the middle of the night.

A fever isn't an illness but a symptom of one. A fever usually indicates that the body is fighting an illness. If your baby has a fever, in most instances, it means baby has picked up a cold or other viral infection. It could be also a reaction to a vaccination. Your baby may be crankier and fussier than usual. Poor sleeping, poor eating, lack of interest in play and being less active are some of the symptoms associated with fever.
Simple steps to follow at home
Always keep your child hydrated by giving enough fluids
Never over dress your baby
Consult your doctor and give medication. You can give your baby children's Tylenol or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) or crocin baby drops. 

Remember the dosage of the medicine is always according to baby’s weight and not due to his age.

Don’t try to check the body temperature of your baby without thermometer. Generally baby’s forehead is warm. Don’t get scared. Illness is a part of growing up in kids. Please note that generally fever or other infections may trouble your baby in the middle of the night when doctors generally are unavailable. So always be prepared to face it. Whenever you go for a regular check up for your baby, always check with your pediatrician what medicines one can offer on urgency.
Enjoy parenting and have a great time!

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