Realising that your baby has a high temperature is not something that parents want to experience, but it is almost inevitable. A fever is essentially a high temperature that causes your baby distress and discomfort. This exclusive guide will showcase the elements of a baby’s high temperature and what to do to treat it:
‘A’ is for Assess
Try and figure out the situation surrounding how your baby may have got a high temperature. Was she or he crying a lot or did it just happen? Look at the environment around you and assess if perhaps your baby is wearing too many clothes or blankets, or if in fact they are unwell.
C is for Convulsions
These are fits that your baby can have if their fever goes over the peak of 39°C. 39°C should be the number that you know by heart in case of a severe febrile convulsion. These fits should be seen by a physician as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment as they could potentially be serious.
F is for Fever
A fever is your baby’s body reaction to infection or bacteria and an indicator it is fighting against it. You can help spot a potential by intense crying in conjunction to a high temperature. Use a thermometer to check your baby’s body temperature accurately. If it is higher than 38°C, your baby has the technical definition of a fever.
F is for Fluids
If your baby has a fever, make sure they have plenty of fluids to ensure they do not get dehydrated. Ensuring your baby has plenty of fluids, like water or milk, is important to help your baby replenish the body with energy. Experts advise you should continue breastfeeding your baby to encourage a stream of nutrients into your child’s body.
P for Paracetamol
Another way to calm down the fever is to give your child paracetamol. This should only be given to babies who are over 3 months old and over. Always choose a reputable brand when you are going shopping for infant paracetamol and ensure you purchase one that is age appropriate. A pharmacist will aid in your purchase if you have any doubts. Never exceed the stated dose.
Top tip: Always focus on bringing the temperature down to an acceptable level which is classed as around 36°C.