Normally the body temperature of babies is between 36.5 and 37 degrees Celsius. You can best rectally record the temperature of your child as you fever with your baby suspected. This gives the most reliable information. If the temperature rises to 38 degrees then you have baby fever. It is not at all strange that you get a bit panicked about this. Of course you do not want your child to be sick, or worse: that something is serious.
Newborn baby fever
If your baby is younger than 3 months, it is wise to contact the doctor if your baby has a fever. If your baby is older than 3 months, you do not have to go directly to the doctor. In most cases, your baby's body can fight the virus itself and there is nothing alarming about it. Read in this blog what you can do best for your baby if he or she has a fever. And when it is necessary to go to the doctor anyway.
What can you do with fever in your baby?
Is your baby older than 3 months and if he or she has a fever, there are a number of things you can do as a parent to make sure that your baby is as comfortable as possible and does not get sicker.
- Let drink sufficiently: your baby loses more fluid due to the fever (sweating) and therefore it is important that the fluid is well replenished. One of the biggest dangers is that your child dries out. So give regularly small amounts of drinking. If you are breastfeeding, it is important that you breastfeed your baby more often.
- Do not dress too warmlyMany parents have a tendency to pack their baby extra warm in case of fever, but that is not the intention. During a fever attack the baby has a very warm feeling and he or she needs to get rid of that heat. Therefore choose airy clothing and sheets instead of thick blankets. Make sure that your child does not cool too much.
If your baby continues to drink normally, reacts clearly and has a slight cold next to the fever (with a clear snot), then it is really only a question of sagging and extra pampering.
When to the doctor?
Mark your fever with you baby who is younger than 3 months, then it is always wise to go to the doctor. If your child is older than 3 months and you notice one or more of the symptoms below, then you should also contact your doctor:
- body temperature is higher than 38 degrees;
- fever lasts longer than 3 days;
- your baby must also vomit and / or have diarrhea;
- your baby drinks a lot less than usual;
- your child is drowsy and weak and does not wake up well;
- breathes differently or you notice that your baby is stuffy;
- your child gets febrile seizures.
What are febrile seizures?
During the fever with your baby it can occur there febrile seizures performance. Febrile seizures occur in babies and children between 6 months and 5 years of age. A febrile seizure resembles an epileptic seizure in which there are shocking movements of the legs and arms. It may happen that your baby is out of consciousness for a moment. This can sometimes take up to 15 minutes. After this, your baby is still drowsy for about an hour.
A febrile seizure is very scary and you can be pretty scared. But in general it can not be very bad when your child is older than 6 months. If your child is younger, please contact your doctor. When in doubt, you always consult with your doctor and do not go on your own doctor.
So do not try to panic and put your baby on his or her tummy or on the side during a febrile seizure.
More information about the most common baby ailments can be found here.