Nathan was sick yesterday. He caught a cold I guess last Monday. Mahirap talaga pag ang baby ang may sakit lalo na sa case ni Nathan na 8 mos old lang. He doesn’t know how to say anything yet like kung hindi siya makahinga kaya kailangan maging super keen ka sa pag observe kung okay ba ang baby or not.
I was wondering yesterday kung ano ba ang normal temp ng baby at pano ba malalaman kung may lagnat sya. Sympre nagresearch ako btw subscriber pla ako ng babycenter.com so dun ko nalaman ang iniisip ko.
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My baby has a high temperature. Should I worry? It’s hard not to worry when your baby is crying and her temperature is soaring, but a fever rarely causes any harm. A fever is part of your baby’s defence against an infection.
However, a fever can be more serious if your baby is under six months. It is fairly unusual for young babies to develop a high temperature, so this can be a warning sign that something is wrong. Contact your doctor straight away if your baby is:
under three months and has a temperature of 38 degrees C or more
under six months and has a temperature of 39 degrees C or more
If your baby is older than six months, the height of her temperature or how long it lasts does not always determine how poorly she is. Your instinct that your baby is unwell is just as reliable as measuring her temperature. Although it can be useful to use a thermometer so you know what is normal for your baby. Why might my baby have a fever? Your baby has a fever because she’s fighting an infection. Sometimes it may not be obvious why your baby has a fever, but common reasons can include:
urinary tract infections
respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or bronchiolitis
a virus that causes a rash, such as roseola, chickenpox or hand, foot and mouth disease
Babies often get fevers after receiving immunisations.Your doctor or practice nurse will give you advice on what to look out for after your baby has had an immunisation. How can I tell my baby has a fever? You will usually be able to tell if your baby has a fever just by touching her. Her skin will feel very hot. You can feel her brow, or if she’s younger than three months, feel her chest or back.
If you want to you can use a thermometer to give you more idea about her temperature. Normal body temperature is between 36 degrees C and 37 degrees C, but this can vary by a few points of a degree from child to child. A fever is anything that is high for your baby.
You don’t need to buy an expensive thermometer. Most are easy to use and have clear instructions. There are different types you can buy from your pharmacy:
Digital thermometers are probably the best type you can use at home. They are accurate and beep when they are ready. Tuck it under your baby’s armpit, with her arm down by her side.
Ear thermometers can be very accurate and only take a second, but they are difficult to use correctly. They can also be expensive.
Strip-type thermometers are less accurate as they only show the temperature of your baby’s skin, not her body. It’s therefore best not to use a strip-type thermometer.
What can I do to treat my baby’s fever? You should be able to treat your baby’s fever at home. Here are some ways to keep your baby comfortable and speed her recovery:
Give your baby lots of drinks to make sure she is well hydrated. Offer her regular breastfeeds, or formula milk and extra cooled boiled water.
If your baby is old enough for solids, let her eat when she feels like it. If she doesn’t want much food, try to offer small amounts regularly to keep her energy up.
Let her rest if she wants to, but she doesn’t need to stay in bed if she would rather be up and about.
Dress your baby so that she is as comfortable as possible. Don’t let her get too hot, but if taking off layers leaves her shivering, cover her with a sheet. It’ll be easy to remove if she starts to overheat again. If you’re not sure what’s right, ring your doctor’s surgery for advice.
Offer your baby infant paracetamol or ibuprofen if she seems very uncomfortable or upset. You can give your baby paracetamol if she is two months or older. You can give her ibuprofen if she is three months or older, and weighs at least 5kg (11lbs).
Follow the dosage instructions on the packet or ask your pharmacist or doctor if you are unsure how much to give your baby. Don’t give paracetamol and ibuprofen at the same time. If you have offered one and it hasn’t helped, you could think about giving the other one instead.
You may have heard about a link between paracetamol and babies developing wheezing or asthma. Be assured there is no evidence paracetamol causes these problems. Paracetamol is safe for your baby if you give her the correct dosage. How can I tell if my baby’s fever is serious? If you are worried see your doctor. You should be more cautious if your baby is younger than six months as a feverish illness is more unusual and could be more serious.
If your baby has a fever along with other symptoms, this could be a sign of a more serious illness. Symptoms to look out for include:
Your baby is particularly sleepy or drowsy.
She has not wanted to drink for more than eight hours. Or she’s had less than half of her usual amount to drink over the past 24 hours. This includes breast or bottle feeds for young babies.
Sunken fontanelles (the soft spots on your baby’s head), along with other symptoms, including dry lips, dark yellow urine and fewer wet nappies than usual. These can be signs of dehydration.
Your baby has an unexplained rash.
What is a febrile convulsion? Febrile convulsions are fits that sometimes happen in babies and young children with a high temperature. They are frightening to watch, but are rarely harmful. Although a febrile convulsion may seem like it’s going on for ages, they usually only last for 20 seconds, and rarely for more than two minutes.
If your baby has a brief febrile convulsion for the first time, take her to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital. A doctor can check her and help to confirm the cause of her fit.
If the fit has not stopped after three minutes, call 999 for an ambulance.
While your baby is having a fit, don’t restrain her in any way. Just loosen any tight clothing and remove anything in her mouth, such as a dummy or food. She won’t swallow her tongue.