If the temperature gives the child inconvenience, you can use children’s paracetamol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen to bring the temperature down. Ibuprofen in the form of syrups today can be applied to children from an early age, but not recommended for those who are dehydrated with constant vomiting. For these kids better to use candles.
You must be very careful when calculating the correct dose for the baby. You should always use the measurements that come with medications, and strictly follow the instructions. Do not give antipyretics more often than recommended. Do not give aspirin to the child. Aspirin can make a child’s body more susceptible to Ray’s syndrome – a rare but potentially fatal disease.
Feed and water your baby more often
Although it may seem that the child does not want to eat or drink, he needs much more fluid during a fever. Dehydration is a real danger for a child with a fever. If the main food of the baby remains breast milk, you need to offer the breast more often. If the baby is bottle-fed, it is necessary to offer half of the norm, but twice as often and a little cooler than usual.
It is especially important to give the child as much and more liquid as possible, for example, water, compote of raisins, apples, pears or weak herbal tea. It is not necessary to apply raspberry compote to very young patients: it will not relieve the condition, but will cause additional sweating, which may aggravate the condition of the body.
It is necessary to observe that the child does not overheat (remove additional clothes, open the windows and ensure air circulation in the room) or does not freeze (with chills).
Relieve the condition will help wet body rub down with warm water or you can briefly lower the baby into the water, whose temperature is just below the baby’s body temperature, then wipe dry and allow to cool. Strongly do not wrap, but the draft of the child should not be held.
The child has no other symptoms besides fever. What’s wrong?
When a child has a fever, in which there is no cold, cough, vomiting or diarrhea, it is rather difficult to figure out what could be the matter.
There are many viral infections that can cause a fever without any other symptoms. For example, rubella is characterized by a high temperature for several days and only after that it appears as a rash on the body.
More serious infections, such as meningitis, urinary tract infections or bacteremia (bacteria in the blood), can also cause fever without other specific symptoms. Therefore, any abnormal temperature rise in a child without visible symptoms should alarm the parents.
And finally: mothers need to remember that the use of any drugs for infants should be coordinated not with girlfriends and grandmothers, but with a pediatrician or with ambulance doctors, and timely help from specialists will help avoid complications in the future.
How to bring down the child’s heat
Fever or fever in children is most often not a serious problem and is caused by common infections, such as SARS or gingival inflammation during teething. However, sometimes a fever can be a symptom of a serious illness.
To determine the fever of the baby attentive mother enough to touch her forehead lips. If there is a fear that the child is too hot (or cold), and also, if there are other symptoms, the temperature should be measured with a thermometer.
Most pediatricians agree that the normal temperature in babies has a variation of 36.3 to 37.5 degrees. Such fluctuations depend on the time of day, on the activity of the baby and the time that has passed after feeding. Usually in the afternoon the temperature rises by 1-2 degrees, and in the early morning or after midnight it decreases.
However, if the baby’s rectal temperature is above 38.5 degrees, it is worth considering the presence of infection. Behavior is another sign of fever: a high fever that does not distract a child from playing and feeding cannot be a cause for concern.
When should I go to the doctor?
Mom knows her child better than anyone, so when to call a doctor is a purely individual question.
But you need to follow some rules and immediately call a doctor:
- if the child is not 3 months old and his temperature is above 38 degrees;
- if the child is more than 3 months old, his temperature is above 38.3 degrees and there are symptoms such as loss of appetite, cough, signs of earache, unusual nervousness or drowsiness, vomiting or diarrhea.
- if the child is noticeably pale or reddened;
- the baby no longer wets diapers;
- there is an unexplained rash on the body;
- the child has difficulty breathing (breathing is difficult, difficult and fast);
- the baby seems sick and its temperature is below 36 degrees – especially in newborns, there is sometimes a reverse reaction of the immune system to infections and inflammation.
Which is better: allow the immune system to fight the infection or take antipyretic?
Since fever is part of the protective properties of immunity against bacteria and viruses, some researchers suggest that elevated temperature helps to more effectively fight infections in the body.
If the temperature of the baby does not affect his behavior, do not give him antipyretic drugs. Instead, experts advise more often to offer the baby breast milk and water.
If the fever in infants appeared due to overheating (extra clothes or hot weather), you need to wear it more easily and move it to a cool place.
Fever sometimes causes febrile convulsions in babies from 6 months and young children up to 5 years, so the parents themselves should make the decision to lower their body temperature based on the clinical picture and the general condition of the baby.