How to take baby’s temperature
If your baby has a fever, it’s important to take their temperature to see if they need medical attention. Here’s how to take your baby’s temperature:
1. Check for signs of dehydration. Before taking your child’s temperature, check for signs of dehydration, such as a dry mouth, sunken eyes, or no tears when crying.
2. Dress baby in a light clothing. undress your child down to their diaper and dress them in a light sleep sack or clothing.
3. Use a digital thermometer. Gently insert the digital thermometer into your child’s rectum, about an inch (2.5 cm) in.
4. Wait for the beep. Wait for the thermometer to beep, which will indicate that the reading is done.
5. Check the temperature. A normal body temperature for a child is between 97.9–99.5°F (36.6–37.5°C). If your child’s temperature is above this, they have a fever.
If your child has a fever, it’s important to dress them appropriately. For a baby or toddler, dress them in light clothing and use a sleep sack. For a child over the age of three, dress them in light clothing and use a room temperature.
If your child has a high fever, you should call the doctor. A fever of over 100.4°F (38°C) in a child under three months old, over 102°F (39°C) in a child between three and six months old, or over 103°F (39.4°C) in a child over six months old warrants a call to the doctor. If your child also has a sore throat, call the doctor even if their fever is lower.
If your child has a fever, there are some things you can do to reduce it. For a child younger than six months old, give them a sponge bath. For a child over six months old, you can give them a lukewarm bath. You can also give them acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help reduce their fever.
When your child has a fever, it’s important to monitor their temperature and signs of dehydration. If their fever is high or they are showing signs of dehydration, call the doctor.
What to wear baby to bed
If your baby has a fever, you may be wondering how to best dress them. Here is some medical advice on how to dress baby with fever.
If your child is younger than six months, the best way to reduce fever is by using lukewarm water to sponge them down. You can do this by taking a clean washcloth and soaking it in lukewarm water. Wring it out and then gently sponge your baby down, being careful to avoid their face.
If your child is older than six months, you can dress them in light clothing to help reduce their fever. It is also important to make sure that they are not overdressed, as this can actually make a fever worse.
If your child has a high fever, it is important to seek medical attention right away. In the meantime, you can try to reduce their fever by giving them a lukewarm bath or by dressing them in light clothing.
How to check for signs of dehydration
If your baby is younger than 6 months and has a fever, call the doctor right away.
A baby fever is usually nothing to worry about. If your child’s fever is high, though, it could be a sign of dehydration. Watch for these signs of dehydration:
– A dry or sticky mouth
– Few or no tears when crying
– Eyes that look sunken in
– Soft spots on the head that look sunken in
– Lethargy or irritability
– Urine that is dark yellow or fewer wet diapers than usual
When to call the doctor
If your baby has a fever, it is important to monitor their temperature and symptoms closely. If the fever is over 104 degrees Fahrenheit, or if your baby is under three months old and has a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, you should call your doctor immediately. Other signs that it is time to call the doctor include if your baby is not responding to fever-reducing medication, has a seizure, is vomiting or has persistent diarrhea. If your baby is irritable, has a poor appetite or is lethargic, these could also be signs of a more serious illness and you should call your doctor.