Fever in infants is a common concern for parents, and it can be a sign of an underlying infection or illness. As a caregiver, it is important to know how to manage an infant’s fever and when to seek medical attention. In this article, we will discuss what to do if an infant has a fever in 1800 words.
- What is considered a fever in infants? A fever is a body temperature that is higher than the normal range. In infants, the normal body temperature range is between 97°F to 100.4°F (36.1°C to 38°C). A temperature above 100.4°F (38°C) is considered a fever in infants.
- What are the causes of fever in infants? Fever in infants is usually caused by an infection, such as a cold, flu, ear infection, or urinary tract infection. Less commonly, fever can be caused by a more serious infection, such as meningitis or pneumonia. Other causes of fever in infants can include teething, immunizations, and overheating.
- How can I check my infant’s temperature? There are several ways to check your infant’s temperature, including:
- Rectal: This is the most accurate way to take an infant’s temperature. Use a digital thermometer and lubricate the tip with petroleum jelly or a water-based lubricant. Gently insert the thermometer into the rectum about 1 inch (2.5 cm) and hold it in place until the thermometer beeps or the temperature has been recorded.
- Axillary: This is the easiest way to take an infant’s temperature, but it is not as accurate as rectal temperature. Use a digital thermometer and place it under your infant’s arm, making sure the thermometer is in contact with the skin. Hold your infant’s arm down against their side and wait for the thermometer to beep or the temperature has been recorded.
- Tympanic: This method involves using a digital ear thermometer. Gently insert the thermometer into your infant’s ear and press the button to take the temperature. This method is quick and easy, but it can be less accurate than rectal temperature, especially if the ear canal is small or has excess earwax.
- When should I be concerned about my infant’s fever? You should call your pediatrician immediately if:
- Your infant is less than 3 months old and has a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher.
- Your infant is between 3 and 6 months old and has a rectal temperature of 101°F (38.3°C) or higher.
- Your infant is older than 6 months and has a rectal temperature of 103°F (39.4°C) or higher.
- Your infant has a fever and is showing signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, fewer wet diapers, or no tears when crying.
- Your infant has a fever and is extremely fussy, irritable, or difficult to wake up.
- Your infant has a fever and has other symptoms, such as a rash, vomiting, diarrhea, or difficulty breathing.
- Your infant has a fever that lasts longer than 24-48 hours.
- How can I treat my infant’s fever at home? There are several things you can do at home to help reduce your infant’s fever, including:
- Offer plenty of fluids: Encourage your infant to drink breast milk or formula. If your infant is older than 6 months, you can offer water or a rehydration solution such as Pedialyte.
- Dress your infant in light clothing: Avoid heavy blankets or clothing that can trap heat and make the fever worse.
- Give a lukewarm bath: A lukewarm bath can help lower your infant’s body
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