How to Treat Fever in Children and Babies?
By using a baby thermometer, you’ve found out that your baby is actually having a fever. Truth be told, a fever is actually something that is normal, especially for babies. That is because it is a sign that their bodies are actually doing well in warding off foreign bodies that may affect their normal bodily functions.
However, there are some cases that are too severe in that it may require immediate medical attention. You may have to call 911 or a similar service if your child is exhibiting the following symptoms:
- They are unresponsive or they have become limp
- They have difficulty breathing
- They are vomiting that is also accompanied by a stiff neck or headache
- Has blue lips
- Has a seizure
- Has a skin rash that may look like a bruise but will not turn white when pressed
When is the perfect time for you to call your child’s pediatrician? If your baby or child is exhibiting the following symptoms, then it is time to call their doctor:
- If your child looks like they need immediate medical attention
- If your baby is younger than three months of age and their rectal temperature has reached at least 100.4 F
- If your baby is anywhere between 3-6 months old and has a temperature of 101 F or higher and has a fever for over a day
- If your baby is six months old but younger than one year of age and has a temperature of 103 F or over and has fever more than two days
- If your child is 1-2 years of age and is experiencing a high fever that lasts more than 24 hours
- If your child (no matter what age) is experiencing a high fever with temperatures that exceed 104 F
- If your child is experiencing severe diarrhea
- If your baby has signs of dehydration such as crying without tears, not wetting their diapers, or having a dry mouth
- If their fever triggers a seizure
- If their fever is accompanied by a rash
- If your child is predisposed to serious infections such as blood or immune disorders.
For Babies Under 4 Months of Age
If your baby is younger than four months of age, it is important that you use a rectal thermometer to see if they have a fever. Using such an apparatus is much better at getting accurate temperature measurements.
If your baby does have a fever, the first thing that you need to do in order for you to treat it is to give them a bath using lukewarm water. Doing so will help lower the temperature down. After that, you may want to call their pediatrician for help.
For Babies 4 Months of Age and Above
This presupposes that your baby has had some immunization vaccinations. If you are going to take their temperature, you can now use a varied approach. You can either use a rectal thermometer, an oral thermometer, an ear thermometer, or even one that is placed under the armpits.
At this point, your baby is old enough to take Tylenol and doing so may help lower their temperature. Call their doctor to ask for additional instructions. You may also want to give them a lukewarm bath as well.