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Baby Fever

A fever is the increase of the body’s temperature above normal. The normal body temperature ranges from 36.5 degrees to 37.5 degrees (in Celsius). The temperature is somewhat dependent on the time of day, so be sure to factor that in when determining the presence of a fever.

Rise in temperature

The increase in temperature is commonly a bodily response to infections. When the body detects the presence of viruses or bacteria, the body triggers a rising of body temperature. The heat generated can help fight the infection, or in some cases eliminate them entirely. There are other events that are accompanied by fevers. Others sicknesses such as colds or flu often have fevers as symptoms. Babies receiving immunizations often develop fevers within the day.

The body temperature is not the only indicator of a serious fever. It is important to check for other symptoms.

Things to look out for are:

  • A sudden and drastic loss of appetite
  • Uncontrollable crying
  • Extreme discomfort
  • Unresponsiveness and immobility

If the fever lasts for a long and extended period of time, for instance 3 days or more, you should consult a doctor immediately.

Discomfort or distress with baby fever?

Treatment for fever should generally be considered only when there are other effects like discomfort or distress. Children more than two months old can be given medicine designed to lower the body temperature. Be sure to consult with a doctor first for the appropriate forms of medication available. It is also very helpful to dress the baby lightly. Establish a cooler room temperature by using air conditioning. Make sure your baby receives plenty of fluid - whether it is milk or water. A sponge bath can help ease discomfort for the baby.

Be sure to provide adequate food and drink for the baby to meet their daily calorie needs.

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