The presence of fever in a baby is an unpleasant experience. Parents are worried and unsure whether the fever requires immediate medical attention or if they can wait.

What is the meonatal fever?

In babies, fever is defined as a body temperature above 38 degrees measured at the anus. When a baby's fever exceeds 38.5 (or 38.8), it is considered a high fever.

A rise in body temperature may indicate the presence of a disease in the body. A fever is not a disease, but rather a sign that one is infected. In addition to strengthening the immune system, heat also weakens the body and can be dangerous when it is extremely high.

When should you seek medical treatment?

A baby's fever of over 38 degrees requires immediate attention the younger the child is, as the immune system of a baby is less developed, and infections may spread quickly and cause serious illness. In addition, in small babies, signs of the disease are only partially evident, so the fever should be taken seriously. It is recommended that you seek medical attention as soon as possible when a baby less than 60 days old (and especially up to the age of 28 days) has a fever of more than 38 degrees. Newborns under the age of 28 days are referred to the emergency medicine unit, and antibiotic treatment is initiated immediately if there is an illness that poses a threat to the child.

How soon should you lower a baby's fever?

The baby's body temperature can be lowered when it reaches 38.5 degrees in order to relieve him of the discomfort and symptoms associated with high temperatures, such as headaches, lack of appetite, feeling cold and chills. While lowering a baby's fever does not cure the disease, it is intended to improve the child's health.

What is the best way to reduce a baby's fever?

You can use antipyretics such as Paracetamol/Novimol once every four hours or Nurofen/Advil once every six to eight hours if the baby is not a newborn or a small baby and urgent medical treatment is not required. It is possible to combine the two types of antipyretics alternately in order to regulate body temperature more frequently. Approximately half an hour to an hour after administration, antipyretics begin to work.

By dressing the child in light clothing, airing the room, and taking a lukewarm (but not cold) bath, you can lower the baby's temperature.

What is the best way to measure the temperature of a baby?

The thermometer should be disinfected beforehand by washing with soap and water and cleaning with 70% alcohol and allowing the alcohol to evaporate.

The most accurate and recommended way to measure the temperature of a baby is in the anus, and it is important to do so gently. As soon as the temperature has been measured, the thermometer must be thoroughly disinfected, and it should not be used to measure the baby's temperature in other parts of the body.

It is also possible to measure the baby's temperature in the armpit. In order to ensure that the thermometer remains in continuous contact with the skin, the hand must remain close to the body throughout the entire measurement.

The temperature can be measured in the mouth of a child if he or she cooperates.

A child's or baby's condition determines the number of times the temperature must be measured.

Various signs of fever can appear in a child suffering from a fever, such as loss of appetite, irritability, sensitivity to pain, sleepiness, sweating, and even febrile convulsions.

What are the symptoms, when a baby has a fever ?

It is common for fever in babies to be accompanied by a rash, vomiting, less satisfactory sucking, crying, and breathing difficulties. It is imperative that a baby receives prompt medical attention if they exhibit these symptoms.

It is common for fever in babies to be accompanied by a rash, vomiting, less satisfactory sucking, crying, and breathing difficulties. It is imperative that a baby receives prompt medical attention if they exhibit these symptoms.

What is the best time to see a physician?

As soon as the baby reaches the age of three months, you can monitor him 24/7 and, depending on his condition, consult a physician.

If your baby is under 3 months of age and has a fever greater than 38 degrees, you should consult a physician. Older babies should consult a physician if they have a fever that persists for more than two days in a row.

In the case of diarrhea or vomiting, febrile convulsions, sleepiness, shortness of breath, rashes that do not disappear when pressed or stretched, and a lack of urine, the doctor should be consulted.