TAKING THE SCARY OUT OF BABY’S FIRST FEVER
WHAT’S A FEVER?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the normal body temperature of a healthy baby is between 97.0-100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
WHAT’S THE RIGHT THERMOMETER?
Picking the right thermometer is key. Babies younger than six months of age should have their temperatures taken with a rectal or armpit thermometer. Because your child’s ear canal is too small, you can’t get an accurate reading with an ear thermometer.
WHEN SHOULD I CALL MY PEDIATRICIAN?
If your baby is less than three months of age, the smartest move is to call your pediatrician without delay, since a fever in a baby this young can mean a serious infection that requires immediate intervention. According to the AAP, if your child is between 3-6 months of age and spikes a fever greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, now is the time to call your doctor. For children older than six months with fevers greater than 103, the same imperative applies.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER
- It’s important that your baby gets plenty of breast milk or formula.
- Baths or sponge baths can bring down his body temperature.
Always Trust Your Common Sense. If Your Child Is Not Acting Like Himself, Call Your Doctor.