A lot of times, baby fever is not an indication that something is wrong. Not all fevers are bad fevers, matter of fact it could be good at times. Fevers have been known to fight infections off the body. A baby fever that isn’t accompanied by a cough, diarrhea, vomiting, runny nose, is nothing to worry about. It could be your body, telling your white blood cells and antibodies to rise and fight the intrusion of an infection.
If it’s nothing to worry about, your baby will:
- Be interested in playing and engage in physical activities
- Have a sustained appetite and still eat and drink as usual
- Have normal skin color and look calm
- Be alert, make eye contacts and smile
A baby fever can occur, when the thermostat which is usually found in the hypothalamus area of the brain raises the body temperature abnormally. Body temperatures can change depending on what time it is, however a temperature way above 98.6°F/37°C indicates the presence of a baby fever. It could be the hypothalamus, resetting the body’s temperature from normal to higher in order to wade of an illness or germ causing infections. This is because bacteria and viruses thrive in an environment with low and normal temperature but a fever will make them uncomfortable and drive them away.
It is best to always check your child’s temperature so as to figure out when a baby fever has gone overboard or becomes a high fever, so that you can seek medical help. There are lots of viral and critical infections that can cause fever in your baby, such as:
Bacteria or septicemia in the blood stream
Inflammation of the lung tissue
Respiratory tract infections
Urinary tract infections
Flu and whooping cough
Roseola- A virus that results in a pinkish rash and fever
Measles and chicken pox
Symptoms of a fever
- An obviously pale or flushed skin
- Less urine excretion
- An abrupt rash
- Presence of small, purple-red spots or blotches.
- Difficult, fast breathing or breathlessness
- Loss of appetite
- Inability to sleep or drink resulting in a dehydration
To manage your baby’s fever
Give the baby a lukewarm bath
Administer children’s acetaminophen or ibuprofen; making sure to use the right dosage.
Get the child properly hydrated with cool water or breast milk, anything to keep their fluid level up.
Make sure the baby does not have lots of clothing or dressed too warmly. Also keep the child in a cool environment.