If you are a new mother and you are scared your infant may well be getting sick, you may perhaps be concerned that your newborn has a fever. Examine your child’s forehead, if he is hot to the touch, compared to your probably right. Using a rectal thermometer around the house to confirm or deny your suspicions is usually a good idea. Monitoring your baby’s body temperature will also help your doctor in diagnosing and/or treating him.

Usually, a fever suggests infection but at times babies are perfectly healthy with a slight temperature. Be aware of how the newborn is acting; is the newborn eating and sleeping in most cases? Also look for any skin discolorations, small purple blotches can indicate a serious bacterial infection. Check to make sure that he’s breathing properly, and see if there is any build-up or phlegm blocking his airways.

Be aware that our body temperatures change during the day. They are almost always elevated in the late afternoon and early evening prior to going back down sometime at night and into the early morning. A normal baby’s temperature fluctuates between 97 and 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (36-38 Celsius) The more youthful your child is, the a lot more concerned you should be about a high fever. Just as a guideline, you should take the baby to the medical center if they are less than 3 months old and their fever rises above 100.4 F(38C), when they are 3-6 months old and their fever rises above 101 F (38.3C), or when they are older than six months and their fever is higher than 103 F(39.4C).

At times you are able to give your baby an over the counter baby fever reducer like children’s acetaminophen or, with infants over the age of 6 months, ibuprofen. Be sure and consult your doctor just before giving any over-the-counter medication to your newborn baby, particularly if he’s on a prescription medicine. You are able to in addition try giving him a lukewarm (not cold) bath, as this will at times lower the fever. Should you have your suspicions, it’s probably best to go on and take them to the doctor. All things considered, it’s better safe than sorry.