Baby Care: Treating Fever in Children
A high temperature in babies is alarming. When a baby has a fever, that means his body is working the it should be, and fighting infection. To be safe, make sure that you have a baby thermometer at home, even before your kid arrives from the hospital. There are a lot of baby thermometers in Malaysia to choose from.
Call a pediatrician if:
- The kid is any age, along with a temperature of 104 F or much higher.
- The soft part on the kid’s skull is bulging.
- The kid is suffering from severe diarrhea, and vomits repeatedly.
- The kid is showing signs of dehydration, like crying without tears, not wetting her diapers, sunken soft spot and dry mouth.
- The baby fever triggers seizures.
- The kid has a rash and fever.
- Your kid is at risk for many serious infections. This include immune disorders and blood disorders.
- You think your kid needs medical attention.
- The kid is a lot younger than 3 months, and with a rectal temperature of 100.4F or much higher.
- The kid is 3 months to 6 months old, and with a temperature of 101F or much higher
For babies younger than 4 months
Take her temperature.
The most accurate approach in taking a baby’s temperature is rectally. However, many parents prefer to take it under the armpit. If the fever is higher than 99F, make sure to double check it using a baby rectal thermometer in order to get an accurate reading.
Call a doctor.
If your kid’s body temperature is much higher than 100.4F, consult your pediatrician as soon as possible. Sponging or bathing your kid with lukewarm water can help bring down the fever. Don’t use alcohol, ice baths or cold water.
For kids 4 months and older, who have been vaccinated
1. Take her temperature.
- Rectal. For a kid who is under 4 months or 5 months, you must use a rectal thermometer in order to get the most accurate reading.
2. If the temperature is under 102 F.
- Don’t treat your child’s fever unless she has a history of seizures alongside fever, or is uncomfortable or has a history of seizures with fever.
- See to it that the child gets lots of rest and fluid.