Infant Fever

Infant Fever

Unfortunately, as new parents, you will need to deal with infant fever. This can be very frightening if you do not know what to do when the fever begins. Here I will try to briefly explain some of the causes of infant fever to help you help your little one…

The first thing that parents need to realize is that infant fever is not an illness. It simply means that your baby’s body is trying to fight an infection of some sort. This can be caused by anything ranging from a simple cold to an ear infection. You may even see other signs and symptoms accompanying the infant fever to let you know that there is something going on.

Another thing that you may want to keep in mind with infant fever is that it does mean that your child needs to be placed on an antibiotic. Many times the fever can be managed by taking an over the counter medication. However, you should never administer any medication without speaking to your child’s doctor first. Depending on how high the infant fever is, your child’s doctor may want to see him or her. This is especially true if other signs and symptoms are being reported such as difficulty eating or swallowing.

How to handle infant fever

The main thing that you want to do when your child is suffering from infant fever is kept your baby comfortable. You may want to keep him or her hydrated and ensure that they are taking in enough liquids. You should dress him or her in cool, cotton clothing and be certain that you keep the room at a cool temperature. Add or remove blankets based on how the child is feeling with the infant fever, and try giving him a cool bath.

Finally, there are times when infant fever may cause alarm and a doctor should be notified immediately. If your child is under the age of three months and their temperature is more than 100.4 then a doctor should be contacted. If the infant fever is 102 degrees or higher and the child is between the ages of 3 to 6 months then a doctor should be notified. In any case, the best thing that you can do is call the doctor if you are worried or unsure about what you should do. It is always best to be safe than sorry…