Fever baby – my child is sick, now what?
Children often have a fever, even in the first year of life. They usually develop very high temperatures. Fever in the baby – it sounds threatening to parents. Fortunately, fever does not mean something bad for the baby, because the regulation of body temperature is not yet stable in our little ones. A blanket that is too warm or the heat of a summer day can really heat up our baby.
What is fever in the baby?
Baby fever is not a rare disease. It is the body’s reaction to ward off an illness. Viruses and bacteria cannot reproduce well at higher body temperatures. So fever is an important natural defense mechanism of the body. Our baby’s body temperature is usually between 36.5 and 37.5 degrees Celsius. Babies have a higher temperature than older children. During the day, the body temperature rises and falls after midnight. Our baby does not have a fever if it is less than 37.7 degrees Celsius in the morning or 38.2 degrees Celsius in the evening. Good to know: Babies and young children are feverish faster than older children and adults. It is perfectly normal.
Why does the body temperature rise??
The following causes could be responsible for the higher body temperature of our baby:
- a vaccination and its reaction to it,
- Cold, sore throat or flu,
- Respiratory or urinary tract infections,
When do you have a fever?
A fever in the baby shows certain external characteristics:
- the face is hot and red,
- the skin is cool and pale,
- the eyes look tired.
However, some children are lazy, sleepy or refuse to eat. If the child is in a good mood, there is less to worry about.
When is the fever dangerous in the baby?
In the first year of life, you should always see a pediatrician if the temperature rises above 38.5 degrees. Especially if it lasts for more than 24 hours. Clue: In case of doubt and the more likely the younger your child is, because fever is usually accompanied by other symptoms.
Fever measurement – but right
With modern clinical thermometers, measuring is easy, quick and safe.
In detail there are:
- Glass thermometers: These should no longer be used due to the risk of breakage.
- Infrared ear thermometer: Within a few seconds, these show an exact temperature on an easy-to-read digital display.
- electronic thermometer: This measurement takes place in the buttocks, in the mouth or under the armpits.
- Pacifier Thermometer: This measurement requires several minutes for which the mouth must remain closed. The thermometers are difficult to clean and therefore unsanitary.
- Strip thermometer: These are placed on the forehead and are very imprecise in the measurement.
What is a febrile seizure??
Babies are most commonly affected between the ages of 14 and 18 months. A febrile seizure is triggered by a rapid rise in temperature up to 39 degrees Celsius.
Your child shows these signs:
- it is passed out for a short time,
- it does not respond, is no longer accessible,
- Twitching, body stiffens,
- Lips turn blue,
- usually feeling light-headed and tired after the cramp.
A febrile seizure lasts a maximum of three minutes. It doesn’t damage the brain. Important: If the febrile seizure occurs for the first time or lasts longer than three minutes, call the emergency doctor! You cannot prevent the febrile seizures, but a high body temperature should be avoided. If the fever rises to more than 38.5 degrees Celsius, calf wraps or fever suppositories or juice make sense. Attention: Agents with the active ingredient acetylsalicylic acid must not be given! They can trigger the rare dangerous Reye syndrome!
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