It’s a frightening experience when your baby gets a fever, as all infants do at one time or another. With some basic education and a great deal of caution, though, there are certain things that you can do in order to try to bring the fever down and comfort your little one. First, remember that all children get sick from time to time, and that the odds are good that your baby will be fine. It’s also important to know what constitutes a fever in an infant. While healthy body temperature varies slightly from one person to another, doctors generally agree that if your baby’s temperature is at or over 100.4 F when measured with a rectal thermometer, then they have a fever. The smaller a baby is, the more delicate their systems are, so if your baby is under three months old, then you should call their doctor immediately if they develop a fever.
This being said, your baby could have a fever for a few different reasons. If they are in too many warm clothes or too many blankets, this could be keeping them too hot. They could also be dehydrated, which is a particular danger if they have had diarrhea. A fever could also be a signal that their body is trying to fight off an infection. If this is the case then it’s important to call the baby’s doctor as soon as possible in order to get advice on the best course of action. Remember that, while a high fever can be damaging, other symptoms are also important. If your baby is acting sick in any way, then this is yet another sign that you should call their doctor. Indeed, if your baby is exhibiting any signs of illness, then you should contact their doctor regardless of whether or not they have a fever.
The younger a child is, the more compromised their immune system is. Babies have had no time to develop the immunities that adults take for granted, and so they are more likely to get sick, and less able to efficiently deal with any pathogens that infect them. This means that a germ that would only cause mild discomfort to adults could have a severely negative effect on a baby. This is why people need to be particularly careful to keep their babies healthy, and to react quickly when they see signs of a fever.