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Fever

Fever is the leading cause of medical consultation. A little rise in body temperature is a matter of great concern to parents. Learn to distinguish when it's really alarming.

The first thing that you should know is that to speak of fever, the thermometer has to mark 38°. If the temperature ranges between 37.5 ° and 38 °, it is low-grade fever. Also, you have to keep in mind that the temperature varies depending on where you place the thermometer. You get higher figures in the rectum and in the armpit or groin.

With these guidelines, you just have to know when you should go to the ER or when to wait and go for regular consultation with your doctor.

Take fever seriously when:

- If it is a newborn and his/her temperatures is above 38 degrees or conversely lower than 35.5.

- When the baby is less than three months and presents unexplained high fever or accompanied by other symptoms such as irritability or loss of appetite. Remember, fever in babies below 3 months should be taken seriously and doctor should be consulted immediately.

- At any age, if fever is accompanied with red spots on the skin that do not disappear.

- At any age, if they have a temperature above 40 °.

- During high fever, baby will be uncomfortable to eat, drink, or sleep. Hence irritability, cranky behavior or poor appetite is very common. Fever causes dehydration.

In all cases, you must proceed as follows:

-Offer plenty of breast milk or formula to prevent dehydration. Breast milk will help baby fight infection plus also boost immunity.

-If baby is above 6 months, offer warm soups, warm water .Avoid sugary drinks or juices as this will further rehydrate

- Apply cold cloths on the forehead, armpits, arms and legs.

- Giving sponge bath with luke warm water can help reduce fever.

 Your pediatrician may prescribe an antipyretic drug with dosage and frequency depending on your baby’s weight.

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