Fever is a symptom often caused by an infection in the body. Most infections go straight for the tonsillitis, and getting the flu can cause additional headaches. As your baby is unable to tell you what is wrong with it, you need to careful look for symptoms and feel the temperature of the baby. Seek medical advice early, as a fever is a serious issue.
When a baby has fever it is most often the sign for an infection in the baby’s body. The baby will most likely experience some kind of pain and will react to it emotionally (screaming, bad sleep habits, not appetite) and physically (stiffness in neck and body, running a temperature, headaches). Other physical symptoms can include that the baby is freezing, nausea and vomiting and an unusual tiredness.
Before jumping to the conclusion that it might be an infection, make sure that you can rule out some of the other common reasons for a fever. Has your child been vaccinated lately? This might be a cause for the fever.
The medical definition of fever in babies and children is a temperature over 38 degrees Celsius. However, this might vary from baby to baby. A baby’s normal body temperature tends to be between 36-37 degrees Celsius. High fever lies usually 39 degrees Celsius and upwards. If your baby has this high a temperature, you need to see a doctor immediately.
There are certain ways for preventing a baby fever. Babies under six months have an innate protection against infection in the form of antibodies transferred from the mother during pregnancy. But when the child is over 6 months it becomes more prone and receptive for any infections.
Having the baby indoors also minimizes the risk for infections and fever. You can also wash the baby’s hands often and give the baby a healthy and nutritious diet. Do not let people who are sick or are getting sick come near your baby; your baby catches any sickness more easily than adults do.
Treating the fever is hard, as babies require certain types of medical care. Be sure to consult a doctor or nurse if you are the slightest unsure on how your baby should be treated. A simple thing you can do is to keep your baby in a cool room. Remove any thick clothes and blankets and let the body cool off by itself.
Also, make sure that your baby drinks enough. The body needs plenty of fluids to start battling the fever.
If the fever lasts for more than one day, contact a doctor.