Fever Fighting Tips for Handling Soaring Baby Temperatures – Part II



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When to seek medical assistance regarding fever is based on how old the child is.

Two months or lesser age babies –

For babies in this age band having rectum temperatures of 38 degrees centigrade or more, calling up the physician ASAP, irrespective of whatever hour is of paramount importance. The reasoning for it is that older infants are capable of fighting majority of the infections while younger babies are more susceptible – a grave infection could swiftly spread and lead to life-menacing complications. In such scenarios, the physician in most likelihood would want to examine the kid or in case the newly born is four weeks or lesser then the parent should take the child to the hospital.

Three to six months age babies –

It is imperative to contact a physician in case the kid has a fever crossing 38.2 degrees centigrade.

Fever treatmentInfants over six months –

Fever crossing 39.5 degrees centigrade must necessitate visiting the physician but generally fever among older infants atypically has been found to warrant erratic hour paging to the doctor.

The degrees of fever generally are not indicative of the acuteness of the ailment. Several undamaging viral forms could be causal to soaring temperatures, whereas far graver bacteria-caused infection types like meningitis (inflamed membranes of the brain) would mostly be causing solely moderately ranging fevers. But it is important to promptly notify one’s physician about the infant’s behaviours like lost craving for foods, repetitive puking or loose bowels, lethargy, irate behaviour or overall rigidness or even neck. A child yelling due to pains during bending of any part of the body (when diapering, for instance) might be having meningitis.

A swift surge in body temperatures or a fever crossing 38.8 degrees centigrade additionally could lead to febrile seizures. Although these types of seizures are not essentially indicative of a grave infection and atypically are harmful to the kid, yet, it is important to contact the physician ASAP in such scenarios. Symptoms entail breathlessness, backwards eye-rolling, trembling in arm & leg regions and going unconscious for a couple of minutes. In case it is lasting for over 5 minutes then calling emergency services on the earliest. A promising indication for parents is that in case the kid happens to become playfully active then there is lesser likelihood of a grave ailment.

Fever Treatment

In case the infant is below three months of age then the child doctor should be contacted prior to administering any medicine. In older infants, fever-reducing medicines like ibuprofen (like Advil, Children’s Motrin) could be given whose doses are mentioned on the bottles and ascertained on the basis of the child’s weight.

Fever could be contributory to mild-ranging dehydrated feeling however atypically to any extent where one is to be concerned about. The baby should be administered fluids inclusive of mother’s milk or formula milk or full cream milk in case the infant is above a year old and whose weaning has been done.

Studies have raised queries about sponging a fever-ridden child. In case sponging is done while not giving fever-lowering medicine then it might be causal to shivers and might raise temperatures. However in case it is appearing to provide solace to the kid then it is alright to do sponging alongside fever-lowering medicines. In case the child shivers or senses chills then drying him/her and warming up with towels.

Fever Fighting Tips for Handling Soaring Baby Temperatures – Part I

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