Baby Fever: 10 Steps to Giving the Best Care to Your Little Star!


Never keep your little star overheating with a fever! Take off the extra clothing and keep her cool

No parent likes to hear that their child has a fever. I remember when my kids used to be with fever, it was not a happy time in the home. Something was not right with them and the fever is always a good indicator of that. It’s critical to learn how to console a feverish baby and to know when medical help is needed. Fevers aren’t harmful in and of themselves, however the underlying cause can be the culprit. Fever in young babies is more likely to be caused by something that needs to be treated than in older children.(paid link). This site contains affiliate links . As an associate I earn a small commission if you make any purchase through my links. Thank you for your consideration.

Reasons why children get fevers

Fevers are usually a symptom of a more serious medical problem.

Fever can strike your baby for a variety of reasons, including:

an infection caused by a virus
an infection caused by bacteria
a medical disorder caused by such vaccines
Fevers in children are commonly caused by respiratory illnesses such as colds and ear infections.

Here are some tips to empower you to helping your little star along:

1. Keep a thermometer on hand always!

Although you might be able to detect a temperature difference just by touching it, this is not a reliable way to diagnose a fever. Take your baby’s temperature with a thermometer if you think he or she has a fever.

A fever is described as a rectal temperature of more than 100.4°F (38°C). A fever is usually an indication that your baby’s body is battling an infection. A fever can trigger some of the body’s protective mechanisms to defend against invading viruses and bacteria. While a fever is a good way to combat infection, it can also make your baby miserable. You may also note that they are breathing more quickly.

A fever can cause a variety of symptoms:

If your baby isn’t drinking enough or is vomiting due to their illness, dehydration will occur. Young children will easily become fatigued. Dehydration can cause the following symptoms:

  • crying without shedding tears
  • fewer wet diapers due to dry mouth
  • It’s fine to wait to see if your baby’s fever goes away on its own until he or she is uncomfortable and isn’t sleeping, eating, or playing normally.

2. Recognize that it is a fever

The average temperature is about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). From morning to evening, the temperature can differ slightly. When you you wake up, your body temperature is lower, and it rises in the afternoon and evening.

Fever in infants under the age of three months necessitates urgent medical care to determine the root cause and, if possible, treat it. (Paid link)

Fever is diagnosed in infants when their temperature is:

When taken rectally, 100.4°F (38°C) or higher 99°F (37.2°C) or higher when taken by other methods

For children older than 3 months, low-grade fevers don’t necessarily necessitate a trip to the hospital.

3. Learn how to lower the temperature

Learning how to check your baby’s temperature is empowering for you Mama!

A slightly elevated temperature in a child over the age of three months does not necessitate a trip to the hospital. The following methods can help you treat your fever at home:

Acetaminophen (Acetaminophen) is a pain reliever that if your child is older than three months, you should give him or her a small dose of children’s acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Doses are normally calculated based on body weight. If your baby hasn’t been weighed recently, your doctor may advise you to do so. You do not need to give your baby any medicine if their fever isn’t making them tired or fussy. Medication will make your child feel better momentarily if they have a high fever or other symptoms that are making them uncomfortable.

4. Fix their clothing: Keep em cool!


To keep your baby warm and cool, dress them in light clothing and use only a sheet or light blanket.

Overdressing your child can interfere with their body’s natural cooling mechanisms.Lower the thermostat.


5. Keep the room temperature cool!

Maintain a cool environment in your home and in your baby’s bed. This will help them from overheating.Bathe them in tepid -slightly warm water.

6. Bathe baby in lukewarm water

Keeping a cold environment during a fever could help reduce a fever!

Using lukewarm water, sponge your baby down. Never use hot water. You can do an elbow test and if it is comfortable for you, it should be comfortable for baby. To ensure water protection, keep an eye on your child when bathing.
Avoid using cold water because it will cause them to shiver, which will raise their temperature. Following the wash, quickly dry your baby and cover them in light clothes.

7. Offer fluids

Dehydration is a possible complication of fever. Offer regular fluids (breast milk or formula) and make sure your baby has tears when crying, a moist mouth, and regular wet diapers.

Call your doctor’s office to discuss ways to keep your child hydrated if this is a concern.

8.The don’ts when your baby has s fever!

There are several things you should not do if your infant has a fever:

  • Do not delay medical attention for a newborn with any fever or an infant with a persistent fever or who seems very ill. High fevers can cause siezures in children
  • Do not administer medication to your infant without first checking their temperature and consulting your doctor’s office.
  • Do not use medication intended for adults.
  • Do not overdress your infant.
  • Do not use ice or rubbing alcohol to lower your infant’s temperature.

9. Learn how to read a thermometer

Using a digital multiuse thermometer rectally to get the most precise temperature. Rectal temperatures would be higher than temperatures obtained by other methods.

Here’s how to rectally take your baby’s temperature:

  • First, read the manufacturer’s instructions and set the temperature to Fahrenheit or Celsius (in order to report the temperature correctly).
  • First, read the manufacturer’s instructions and set the temperature to Fahrenheit or Celsius (in order to report the temperature correctly).
    Use rubbing alcohol or soap to clean the thermometer.
    Apply petroleum jelly or another healthy lubricant to the thermometer’s end.
    Your infant’s bottom should be free of any clothes or diapers.
  • When you take your baby’s temperature, gently hold him or her in place. To stop the thermometer going deeper towards your infant’s rectum, don’t let them move or wiggle during the procedure. To avoid harm, it is safest to enlist someone’s assistance in keeping the child still.
    Switch on the thermometer and place it in your infant’s rectum for a half-inch to one-inch before it beeps. (Most thermometers have this feature.)
  • If you use other devices according to their instructions, they can give you accurate temperature readings for your baby.
  • Temporal artery thermometers take the temperature from the forehead and do not operate on babies under the age of three months. This age group of infants should have their rectal temperature taken.
  • Tympanic thermometers are used to take the temperature of a baby’s ear and should only be used for that purpose.
  • Designate your digital multiuse thermometer for rectal use only and label it to avoid confusion.
  • Avoid taking your infant’s temperature orally or under the armpit. These aren’t considered accurate for infants and young children.
  • Don’t conclude that your infant has a fever if you feel warmth by touching their forehead. You need an accurate digital thermometer reading to determine fever.
  • Avoid using mercury-filled thermometers. They pose a risk of mercury exposure if they break.

10. Know when to get professional help

Never delay medical help when needed!

Make sure to monitor your infant’s temperature during the course of an illness and observe other symptoms and behaviors to determine whether you should contact your doctor. ( Paid link here).

You should contact your infant’s doctor or seek medical treatment if:

  • they have a fever that has lasted longer than 24 hours or that occurs regularly
  • they’re irritable (very fussy) or lethargic (weak or more sleepy than usual)
  • your infant’s temperature doesn’t lower within an hour or so after taking an appropriate dose of medication
  • they develop other symptoms like a rash, poor feeding, or vomiting
  • they’re dehydrated (not producing tears, spit, or the usual amount of wet diapers).

  • your infant under 3 months old develops any elevation in temperature
  • your infant between 3–6 months old has a rectal temperature of 102°F (38.9°C) or higher
  • your 6- to 24-month-old has a fever above 102°F (38.9°C) for more than a day or two with no other symptoms

Bottom line

Treatment for a fever in an infant varies depending on the child’s age and the symptoms associated with the fever.

When a newborn develops a fever, he or she should see a doctor right away, while older babies may be treated at home if the fever is mild.

Always consult your doctor before administering any medicine to your baby, and take your child to the doctor if he or she develops a high fever or if the fever persists lasting loner than a day or two.


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