Which is the normal baby temperature?
Baby temperature occurs as a result of the body’s reaction – fighting against viruses or bacteria. It may be noticed by a touch on the forehead (usually feels hotter than normal) and by measuring it with a thermometer in the rectal area. The normal body temperature for a baby is between 97 and 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit, and everything above it is not normal (meaning the baby has a fever).
How to deal with the baby temperature?
There are several ways to deal with the temperature. But the first one is always taking the baby to the doctor. Don’t try anything without consulting a pediatrician. The doctor will examine the baby and tell the cause of the temperature, also how to deal with it.
The doctor may recommend giving acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is not recommended for babies under 6 months or dehydrated babies. Always give the baby the amount that the doctor has prescribed.
A bath is always nice, especially for fever. Make a lukewarm bath for the baby and bath him as you usually do. Seizures may occur in children between the age of 6 months and 5 years. The child may experience seizure with rolling his eyes, vomit or jerk. The seizures are mostly harmless, but not kind on the eyes.
What causes baby temperature?
If the baby temperature is caused by a bacteria, it will last a couple of days, until the body fights off the causer. Or if the causer is flu, the fever can take up to 7 days. You need to symptomatically treat the child. This means you must do as the doctor told you and not try anything else. Give the baby the prescribed medicine and give him lukewarm baths.
If the baby temperature occurs without a cough, runny nose, vomit, diarrhea or other symptoms, it is difficult to know the causer. Such conditions are roseola, meningitis, infections of the urinary tract or bacteremia. These are very serious conditions which is why it is of extreme importance to take the baby to the pediatrician.
When to see a doctor?
AAP suggests calling the doctor when:
- the baby is pale
- changes less diapers
- coughs, has a runny nose
- has earache
- has diarrhea
- the baby is cold on touch (some babies turn cold when they get fever)
- breathes with difficulty after clearing his nose (indicates pneumonia or bronchiolitis)
- refuses to eat
- can’t sleep