Baby Fever : Causes and Treatment

27 June, 2020 Arpita Karmakar

What causes fever in a baby?

A fever in babies is usually considered as a symptom that the baby's body is fighting an illness and its immune system is working.

A number of causes may induce fever in a baby -

Reaction to a certain vaccine.

Cold or viral infection.

Being overheated due to temperature or excessive clothing.

Pneumonia, meningitis or other infections

 

When do you know your baby has a fever?

 

Your baby is supposed to act differently, more cranky, and fussy when he is suffering from fever. 3MEDS, the  24 hour online medicine home delivery app suggests that apart from a soaring temperature,  there are other symptoms, parents can look out for -

 

Babies tend to get cranky and fussy with the heat sensations in their body and the body aches they feel due to fever making them uncomfortable.

 

Poor sleeping due to severe aches and heat sensations in the body making it difficult for the baby to sleep soundly at night.

 

Rashes on the body are the most common symptoms. All the heat generated due to temperature brings rashes and allergies on the baby's body.

 

Loss of appetite followed by vomiting tendencies or shows symptoms of dehydration.

 

Lethargic and tired as to no interest in activities.

 

Convulsions and seizures known as febrile seizures are usually hereditary that occurs usually in the first few hours of the illness. They can be seconds long but surely less than a minute. During this situation, babies tend to stiffen twitch or roll their eyes before becoming unresponsive. Consult your doctor immediately about these convulsions.

 

Things to keep in mind while checking a baby's temperature?

 

A baby's normal body temperature can range between 97 to 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit. A rectal temperature of 100.4 F or higher is considered a fever by most doctors.

 

There are some key points to keep in mind while checking your little one's temperature-

  • Make sure the thermometer you use is cleaned with alcohol or soap water before using it.
  • Dry it properly with a cloth before inserting it.
  • Lay your baby in a comfortable position such as on their belly or back with legs pressed on their stomach.
  • Use a rectal thermometer for accurate reading and gently remove it to note down the temperature.
  • Take at least 3 readings in a day to keep a track of their fever
  • Do not take temperature right after bathing the baby

 

How to take care of a sick baby?

In case you have a sick baby, it's important to take a few steps at home to give your baby a comforting time-

  • Bathe your baby with a sponge bath using lukewarm water.
  • Remove extra clothing from their body and dress them in lighter clothes.
  • Keep the temperature of their room moderate.
  • Give your baby enough fluids to avoid dehydration by regularly providing fluids such as electrolyte, water breast milk, formula, and solution depending upon their age.

 

When should you call a doctor?

Babies tend to have a fever which usually goes away if taken care of. In case, the baby is less than a month old or the fever takes up more days with severe discomfort of the baby it's important to consult your pediatrician for expert opinions. Some prescribed doses of acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be given to the baby with prior consultations with a doctor. You can buy all medicines and healthcare products online from the best online pharmacy in Delhi, only with a proper prescription.