Infants are vulnerable to the impact of germs, especially in the first year of life, the baby’s immune system has not yet developed, during this period, babies are prone to have a fever, cough, catch cold and have a stomachache and so on. These are normal phenomena, the most important thing is that parents should know how to identify and treat these diseases.
About Baby’s Temperature
The normal temperature of the baby is 36 to 37 degrees Celsius. However, sometimes there is a tendency to increase body temperature at night, so a slight increase in body temperature sometimes does not mean that the baby has a fever. Once the baby’s temperature rises above 37.3 degrees Celsius, parents should pay attention to it.
Parents should always be with their baby after they find that the baby has a fever, and use a thermometer to measure the baby’s temperature. Digital thermometers may be more accurate and convenient than traditional thermometers, because they can quickly get accurate readings without causing any discomfort to the baby.
When babies begin to feel unwell, such as cough or have a cold, they may soon show signs of fever. Sometimes these symptoms are caused by fever and often last for several days. However, even if the fever lasts only one or two hours, if not treated in time, it is very dangerous for young children.
What to do when a baby has a fever?
A baby’s fever can happen very quickly, and if there are no other signs, the parents will even think it happens in a flash. Fortunately, signs of infant fever are evident, and infants will tell their parents that they are uncomfortable with unusual behaviors. Signs in this regard include:
· Restless for a long time.
· Crying, and excluding other causes;
· Lethargic sleep, feel fatigued and lack of spirit;
· Hard to calm down.
· The body skin is very hot;
· Pale face;
Although these symptoms don’t always show up when you have a fever, in most cases, one or two symptoms will appear. When one of the symptoms appears, parents should check the baby’s temperature in time, because the temperature will give the most direct indication. If symptoms and temperature readings show that fever really exists, the baby should be brought to the doctor immediately.
How to treat an infantile fever?
When young children have a fever, if there are no other obvious symptoms, parents need to increase the water supply to keep the baby not dehydrated, and reduce the clothes that the baby wears properly. The baby’s temperature usually returns to normal within an hour or two. If the baby has more severe symptoms and no signs of improvement, it is advisable to use acetaminophen or ibuprofen at this time. These drugs can effectively reduce the child’s body temperature and also alleviate any pain associated with fever, such as otitis media infection. If an infection is suspected in the child’s ear or respiratory tract, take the child to a doctor as soon as possible and use antibiotics under the guidance of a doctor.
Cautions for Baby Fever
The symptoms of a baby’s fever may vary from person to person, and the severity of the fever varies from person to person. Therefore, parents should be alert to the risk and causes of fever and make timely decisions on nursing and medical treatment.