Fever in a baby is very worrisome to parents, fever alone is not harmful, but may be indicative of another problem, so it is important to be aware of all signs.
Fever is characterized by an increase in body temperature, may have different causes and origins and may be a symptom of different diseases.
Fever is a biological response of the body and is a common sign of many childhood diseases.
The temperature of the body varies according to the area where it is measured, it is considered normal a rectal temperature up to 37.5 ° if it is greater than 38 already considered fever, between these values it is considered high temperature.
How to measure the temperature in a baby
There are many forms and devices to measure fever in a baby, the most correct and most accurate is to measure in the rectum, however, in the home of diarrhea it is advisable to measure the axillary temperature.
What to do in case of baby fever
If your baby develops a fever, the best way to combat it is to keep your baby dressed lightly and away from heat sources such as heaters and radiators.
Keep the child hydrated, give small amounts of water.
It is normal for a baby with a fever to be more irritable and without appetite, he needs a lot of patience and not force him to eat.
Put water rags on the baby’s body in the direction of lowering the temperature, if you think you can better shower at a temperature of about 30 degrees.
You can also give antipyretics suitable for your age and weight, always ask for medical advice before giving any medication to your baby.
When to see your doctor
If the child has a fever associated with vomiting or diarrhea;
If you have excessive drowsiness;
If your baby has red or blue spots on the skin;
If you feel stiffness when bending the nape;
If your baby is younger than 3 months, you should see your doctor when the rectal temperature is greater than 39 degrees or greater than 40 degrees in children under 3 years of age;
If the fever persists for more than 48 hours;
If you have a history of febrile seizures.