Baby is abnormally hot and you’re not sure what to do. Is it a fever, or is the summer heat? Before you grab the thermometer and come back to find out.
What is a fever?
- A body temperature above normal (98.6F / 37C)
- Rectal > 100.4F / 38C
- Armpit> 100.4F / 38C
- Rectal temperature measurement is most accurate in newborns.
What causes it?
Fever is a symptom, not a disease. It is a normal response to infections. It helps to fight infections by turning on the body’s immune system. Most fevers with viral illnesses last 2-3 days and are not harmful to children.
What to do
Young babies with fever need to be seen RIGHT AWAY, so contact your Paediatrician !
In older children
- Keep child cool – cool clothing with no blankets.
- Give lots of cold fluids to drink
In fevers > 102F / 39C (taken rectally)
- Give acetaminophen every 4-6 hrs or ibuprofen every 6-8 hr
A good rule of thumb is to contact your Paediatrician if your child is
- Listless or behaving strangely
- If there is a specific complaint like sore throat or earache
If the fever is higher than 104F (40C) or one that lasts more than 2days
- Avoid aspirin, it can be harmful to your child