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Baby fever when to worry | A helping guide for caregivers in 2020

Baby fever is the most common and adorable concern among parents; however, a fever is not much dangerous itself, but its causes can be.

Fever in babies means the little body is fighting with an infection, or there is something wrong happening in the little body. Often parents get nervous when their baby becomes hot.

Do you know? that fever is such a sign of a healthy immune system but not so good for babies. In newborns to toddlers, a fever can signal a severe infection (internal or external.) Anyways this short but informative article is going to clarify your concept about “Baby fever when to worry”?

Baby fever when to worry?

Often mothers think that fevers are hazardous for their babies, but luckily they are not at all. Body temperature up to 105°F is common in infants and young children. Make sure the baby’s body temperature is always higher than an adult.

High temperature (fever) is just a symptom of a healthy immune system that shows the body is fighting with an infection. Now, the infection can be any type of; some can be harmful whether others may be common.

In the severe infectious situation, the baby needs antibiotics whilst some common fever will be fine without having any treatments.

Remember! that fever is just a symptom of infection, so you cannot get out of infection by treating fever. Instead of home remedies for fever, caregivers should see at the infection and cause.

For this particular reason, parents should monitor their baby’s body temperature in order to avoid complications. Newborns are much sensitive than older babies, and their immune system is quite weak though the infection can be more hazardous for them.

Normally we cannot ignore high fever in newborns; otherwise, the little guest can face difficulty breathing or severe congestion.

May you already hear about high temperature causing eye or brain damage stories; unluckily, these are true. The baby may have this serious issue when the temperature rises and reach up to 107°F. It happens in a very rare situation and by some serious fever causes.

If the fever is bellowing this point, then there is no need to worry at all. 2 to 5% of babies get fever within 6 months to 5 years old, and their fever may cause seizures.

Normally seizures can be disturbing but not typically dangerous. Pediatricians call these seizures as febrile seizures; they commonly do not harm the brain, whether not increase the risk of epilepsy in babies.

Perhaps long seizures than 15 minutes have a good outcome; otherwise, prolong seizures can increase the risk of epilepsy in babies. The most common risk of febrile seizures can be a fall of baby, head injury, or any other injury, including skin infection.

It will be good for your baby to monitor in seizure; this way, you can prevent your baby from any danger.

How to cure baby fever?

According to the (AAP) caregivers should observe babies for symptoms of illness and they have to give comfort instead of giving any medicine (at initial.) For caring babies in high temperature babyhealthcaree would like to suggest you some working ideas.

  • In order to observe your baby you have to monitor “baby fever emotion” and the activity level. If your baby is looking happy and playing as usual then it means no need to worry and treatment.
  • Keeping your baby hydrated is very important in fever. High temperature can increase the risk of dehydration, so you can try nursing or some milk formula if your baby demands. Toddlers should have to try fresh juices and plenty of water. Some pediatricians suggest electrolyte fluid to prevent dehydration in fever.
  • In dehydration you baby may not or less pass urinating as per on usual; chapped lips, recessed eyes, and pasty type skin are few other signs of fever dehydration.
  • Do not disturb your baby if she/he is sleeping (even at the medicine time.) Let your baby sleep and recover energy.
  • Some anti-fever medicines are also reliable for babies only under the supervision of a health provider. If you want to give medicine on your own risk then please check the label given with it. Examine the dosage as per the instruction and the baby’s weight/age.
  • Never try some extra dose or a new medicine for your baby at night time.

Do not prefer daycare or any other outside place when your baby is sick. Remember! your baby needs only you! By going outside the baby can spread or adopt other infection.

When should I take my child to the hospital for a fever?

You may call your family pediatrician or see any other medical help if your baby has fever with following conditions.

  1. If the baby is tired, inconsolable, or looks very sick, it means he/she needs some extra help.
  2. If the fever lasts longer than one day (24 hours) at 2 years or younger age without any symptom then it indicates the baby requires medicine.
  3. The baby fever rises and reaches up to 104°F then you cannot ignore it anyway.
  4. When the temperature does not go down with medicine and the baby looks very sick make sure it is time to go to the hospital.
  5. If you are giving antibiotics to your baby from the last week but still the condition is the same then you can change the medicine by the reference of a pediatrician.
  6. In a lot of dehydration, symptoms do not sit at home without any worry. Your baby needs doctoral help.
  7. If your baby is too week or older than 3 months then you have to seek medical help.
  8. High fever in newborns is not negotiable it needs extra treatment.

Takeaway:

Normally babies get fevers but do not lose their energy level. Often they behave normally as usual even in fever. According to the (AAP) caregivers should observe babies for symptoms of illness and they have to give comfort instead of giving any medicine (at initial.)

2 to 5% of babies get fever within 6 months to 5 years old and their fever may cause seizure. Keep in mind newborns are much sensitive than older babies and their immune system is quite weak though the infection can be more hazardous for them.

If the fever lasts longer than on day (24 hours) at 2 years or younger age without any symptom then it indicate the baby require medicine.

Resource: MedicalNewsToday

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