Know how to handle fever in newborns, in the
first month or in 1-month-old babies.
Fever In Newborn Babies
Fever could be a sign of serious infection in newborn
babies and young infants three months of age or under. In case you
notice a temperature even just slightly above the normal range -38°C
(101°F) taken rectally or 37.5°C (99.5°F) taken under the
armpit - get your infant to the doctor at the earliest. If the newborn
baby has got a fever associated with infection, it is a cause for
concern as young infants get sick very fast. Babies also respond very
fast to treatment, if the infection is caught in time. So, it's
important to bring the child to the doctor without wasting any time. In
case the doctor suspects that a newborn baby has an infection, he can
start antibiotic treatment at once.
Symptoms of Infant Fever
Moreover, in case you observe any of the following symptoms, take your
new-born to the doctor.
- If the baby is crying miserably;
- he is listless or limp;
- her is having convulsions;
- his fontanelle, the soft spot at the top of his head, is mildly
- he seems to be in pain;
- he has got purple splotches on his skin, or another type of rash;
- he appears pale or flushed;
- he is having problems in breathing;
- he is refusing to breastfeed or drink from a bottle;
- he appears to have trouble swallowing;
- he is vomiting or has diarrhea.
What Causes Fever In Newborn Babies?
Fever is an indication that the baby's body is fighting against an
infection. Bacteria and viruses usually thrive about normal body
temperature. With fever, the body temperature is high, making it harder
for bacteria and viruses to survive. Fever also triggers the immune
system and sets the infection-fighting white blood cells into action.
Fever is generally related with common illnesses like cold, sore throat,
or ear infections; however, it can be a sign of something more serious
How To Treat Infant Fever?
- Don't use medication on your own without referring the doctor.
Take the baby to the doctor and get the right medication. Give the
exact dosage as prescribed.
- Meanwhile, you can continue to breastfeed or bottle feed your
infant as normal, if he takes it.
- In case you find signs of dehydration like dry mouth, less than
six wet diapers per day, tearless and sunken eyes, a sunken
fontanelle, or dry skin, give him an electrolyte solution in between
feedings, or replace the feedings with the electrolyte solution.
Refer to your doctor before starting.
- You can give a sponge bath with lukewarm water to the baby. If
you let the water evaporate off his skin, it will help to cool him