Fever in Babies You May Not Know

Fever in Babies You May Not Know

Babies are said to have a fever when their body temperature reaches 38 degrees Celsius or more. So, even though his body feels warm, looks red, but when the thermometer shows a number below 38 degrees Celsius, your baby can be said to have no fever.

There are 5 important facts to know when your child has a fever.

Measure the body temperature through the anus. You can measure body temperature using a digital thermometer through the mouth, ears, armpits, temples, or anus. However, an accurate way to measure his body temperature during a fever is to insert a thermometer into his anus. This is also a way to measure the easiest body temperature in a baby.

Before inserting the thermometer into his anus, make sure it has been washed with soap and rinsed with water until it is clean or cleaned with an alcohol cloth. Apply a thermometer with petroleum jelly before inserting it into the anus. Then, gently insert the thermometer into the anus about 2.5 cm and let it sit for about 2 minutes until the thermometer sounds. Then pull the thermometer slowly.

Try to choose a digital thermometer and avoid thermometers containing mercury. It is feared that mercury can have a bad impact on your baby, especially if the thermometer breaks.

Fever due to viruses or bacteria. Fever is caused by two things, namely viruses or bacteria. Fever due to a virus occurs when your body tries to fight a disease caused by a virus. The disease can be a cold, flu or disease in the intestine. This type of fever cannot be cured by antibiotics and doctors do not need to prescribe antibiotics. Viral fever usually subsides within 3 days by itself.

Bacterial fever occurs when your body is fighting bacterial infections such as ear infections, bacterial pneumonia, or urinary tract infections. This type of fever needs more special attention than a fever due to a virus, because this condition can trigger serious things if not handled properly. Fever caused by bacteria can be treated with antibiotics.

How to make it comfortable. There are several ways you can do to make it comfortable when experiencing a fever. You can give him breast milk or formula milk more often. Or, you can give him water or maybe a liquid enhancer like a baby Pedialyte.

Bathing it with warm water may help reduce the heat and immediately lift it from the water when it starts to look shivering. Then, choose a light shirt and cover it with a thin cloth rather than a thick blanket when laying it on the bed.

The traditional way you can do to reduce the heat is to compress his forehead and underarms with a towel that has been moistened with warm water.

Heat-reducing medicines. If the fever does not go down after being compressed, you can give him medicine. Doctors recommend acetaminophen rather than ibuprofen as a febrifuge for babies under 6 months. Consult your doctor first before giving acetaminophen to babies under 3 months.

Your child can only take both drugs when he is 6 months old. Never give aspirin because this drug is often associated with serious and sometimes fatal conditions (Reye's syndrome).

Give the drug according to the dose stated. Giving the baby and children doses is determined not by age, but by weight.

When to take to the doctor. You are advised to bring your child to the doctor when you have a fever when you are under 3 months. Fever in infants at this age is considered an emergency. According to experts, the protective layer between the blood vessels and the baby's central nervous system at this age is still very thin. If a fever is caused by a bacterial infection, it can make it easier for the bacteria to spread and make damage to the body.

Young infants also do not show signs of serious infection like older babies. Blood infections (sepsis) can occur to him, but the symptoms are not detected by naked eye. Therefore, young babies who have a fever can be advised to undergo blood and urine tests to determine the cause of the fever.

Your child is also advised to be taken to the doctor if he does not want to eat, experience shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, lethargy, irritability or fever lasts more than three days.

Knowing your little one has a fever might make you panic. But remember, fever actually signals your baby's body is healthy. During a fever, he is struggling with infection. Most cases, this condition can disappear by itself and is not a serious disease. Even so, you should also be vigilant when he has a fever for a long time.

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