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.

Thank you for stopping by today. I sure hope you enjoyed this post. If you are a dad-to-be reading this I want to encourage you to take good care of your pregnant mother-to-be. She deserves it. Mama I want you to know that God is for you and with you. You are not alone talk to Him anytime. Please like,comment, share and do come again.

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Breastfeeding And Sleep:8 Tips To Embrace the Benefits

Getting your partner to help can give you so much comfort to sleep

Oh me Mama! I remember 26 years ago, my last postpartum journey. It was different but similar to the other three postpartum. After coming home from the hospital, I was tired, sleepy, tired, and just wanted a good sleep. Can any of you identify with me? Did you know that breastfeeding provides moms and babies with the benefit of better sleep? Breastfeeding helps babies fall asleep quickly any time of the day or night due to the rhythmic action of sucking and the sleep inducing hormones in breast milk which help establish their circadian rhythms—their internal body clocks affecting sleeping and eating cycles 1.

Sleep deprivation is a documented form of torture, and a new parent can probably attest to that. While these newborn days seem like they will never end, before you know it, your baby will be sleeping through the night and these restless days and nights will be a distant memory. But until then, here are 10 tips for getting through this time and actually enjoying it.

Breastfeeding and sleep often overlap in the early weeks, when your baby spends more time asleep than awake. Dozing off mid-feed and waking for more milk a short time later is normal for newborns.

You can carry on breastfeeding your baby to sleep, and feed him back to sleep during the night, for as long as you’re happy to. Many mums find that breastfeeding to sleep, especially at night, is a lovely way to get close to their baby and have some uninterrupted time together.

As your baby gets older and feeds less often, you may decide to stop feeding him to sleep so he can get used to settling himself. Some parents find that if their baby feeds until he sleeps, he starts to link the two. That can make things more difficult if you start trying to cut down on night feeds or if you’re getting him into a bedtime routine.

If you want to encourage your baby to fall asleep without needing to feed, wait until he’s at least three months old. By then, he may be ready for you to start easing him into a bedtime routine.

1.Co- habitation I s A Blessing For More Sleep

Co-habitation with your baby gives you both more sleep

Your baby should sleep in the same room as you for his first six months, for both day and night-time sleeps. Coping with night-time waking may be easier if your baby’s right next to you, in a cot, Moses basket or bedside cot. This is a three-sided cot which sits right next to your bed, with the open side level with your mattress.

Having your baby next to you makes it easier to reach across to him. You won’t need to get out of bed to feed him, and you may be able to stay half asleep yourself. If you do use a bedside cot, make sure it’s securely fastened to the side of your bed and that there are no gaps where your baby could become stuck.

Keeping your baby close to you at night also helps you pick up on his early feeding cues, such as restlessness and sucking his fingers. That means you can respond to him and start a feed, before he wakes fully and starts to cry.

During a feed, keep noises low and the lights dim. This will help you both get back to sleep more easily after a feed. It will also help your baby get used to the difference between day and night.

If you want to breastfeed your baby in bed with you, lie in the ‘C’ position to help keep your baby safe. The ‘C’ position is when you lie on your side, facing your baby, with your body curled around him in a protective C-shape.

Place your lower arm above your baby’s head and draw your knees up under his feet. You’ll probably lie in this position instinctively, as it helps to have your baby lying level with your breasts so he can feed.

Many parents co-sleep with their baby, even when they never intended to. It’s one of the ways of coping with disturbed nights and the demands of feeding.

Co-sleeping with your baby gives him the opportunity to feed whenever he likes, without disturbing you too much. This usually leads to more feeds, which increases your breast milk supply. Breastfeeding also releases hormones that help you and your baby feel sleepy and relaxed. You may hear co-sleeping and breastfeeding being called “breastsleeping”.

Make sure you know how to co-sleep safely. Never sleep with your baby in an armchair or on the sofa . These are two of the most dangerous places for you to sleep with your baby, as he may become wedged in the cushions if you fall asleep while holding him.

Bear in mind that, although sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is rare, co-sleeping can increase the risk of it happening, if:

  • You, or your partner, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medication that makes you feel drowsy.
  • You or your partner smokes, or uses e-cigarettes, even if you never smoke in bed.
  • Your baby is under three months old, was premature (born before 37 weeks) or had a low birth weight (less than 2.5kg or 5.5lbs).

Some experts also recommend avoiding co-sleeping if you’re feeling particularly tired.

Read our article about co-sleeping safely to find out more.

2. Would my baby sleep better on formula?

Research shows that there’s little difference between the total amount of sleep that breast-fed and formula-fed babies have. It’s unlikely your baby would sleep better with formula milk, though there are some differences between breast-fed and formula-fed babies when it comes to sleep. Breast-fed babies are more likely to sleep in shorter bursts, sleep less deeply and take longer to sleep through the night. But they do benefit from the melatonin in your breastmilk, which helps them get to sleep.

Getting up to prepare a bottle and putting on lights to see what you’re doing will wake you up more. It’s may be harder for you to get back to sleep, without the sleep hormone from breast milk helping you and your baby to drift off. So if you do all the formula-feeding at night, it may mean you end up getting less sleep than if you breastfeed.

You could try these ideas to help your baby to sleep longer.

  • Cluster feed: In your baby’s first few months he’ll sometimes want to cluster feed. This means having lots of short feeds close together. It’s perfectly normal and it often coincides with a growth spurt. Go with the flow and feed him on demand if you can. Once your milk supply catches up, things should settle back down . During this time many mothers believe that baby needs formula when all baby needs is continued feeding.
  • Dream feed or focal feed: This is when you partly wake your baby for a breastfeed before you go to bed, usually between 10pm and midnight. Dream-feeding may help your baby to sleep longer if you do it regularly. If you decide to try dream feeding, allow plenty of time after your baby’s last feed of the day. Otherwise, you could find you’re waking your baby for a feed when he already has milk in his tummy.

3. Helping Your Baby Fall Asleep Without Feeds Is Possible

This can be done by getting baby into a routine. At the same time during the evening at a certain time you can dim the lights, play a lullaby for baby, give baby a nice body message after a good bath, singing to baby, allowing baby to listen to music, swaddling baby, or even swishing baby to sleep.

4. Keep Baby Close to You At Night

During nighttime feedings, you don’t want to be awake for any longer than you have to be. Getting up and out of bed can make those middle-of-the-night wake-ups harder than necessary. A bedside sleeper or some kind of bassinet that can be pushed against your bed might be best for this.

The AAP advises that parents share a room with their baby for at least the first six months of life but to not co-sleep. Many cultures practice bed-sharing, and ultimately it is up to you and your family to decide what works. Discuss your plans with your pediatrician to assure that sleep circumstances are as safe as possible.

5. Stay Away From Caffeine

Caffeine beverages can keep you up

This might be a tough one — in fact, as new or soon-to-be parents, there is a good chance that you are drinking a cup of coffee while reading this. Caffeine is a stimulant, which is why it probably helps you get through the longest days. It can stay in your system for hours after consumption, and depending on the person, the effects can be a disaster for sleep.

Try to keep your caffeine intake limited to the morning hours so that there isn’t any interference with nighttime sleep. If your naps are increasingly difficult, caffeine could be the culprit, and it could even be passed to the baby through your breast milk, keeping them awake if taken in high dosages.

6. Rest Even If You Cannot Sleep

Falling asleep can feel impossible when there are a million things running through your mind, and as a new mom, the random thoughts never end: whether baby acne is normal, the best way to clip a newborn’s nails, why you are so thirsty all the time, whether baby shoes serve a purpose besides being adorable — the list goes on.

While you might laugh at the thought of taking a nap with so many things to think about (and look up on Google), try to at least lie down. Relaxing for a few minutes can sometimes be equally as refreshing as a nap, and heaven knows new parents are at a loss for refreshments

7. Take Good Care Of Yourself

A simple bath can make the world of difference

Many new moms tend to neglect themselves and place all priority on their newborn. I know; I have four children. This is not a good practice. If feels so good when you can take care of you and your baby. Its amazing how just taking a bath or shower revitalizes you. Caring for yourself rejuvenates you for any challenges ahead. Know this one thing Mamas, in order to be the best mother you can be, it is essential to take care of yourself. Find a way to recharge, and it can do wonders for you and your family. You might not be able to afford a babysitter, but even taking a walk with your baby, getting out of the house, reading a good book while your little one naps, or exercising can give you a little break.

Your new baby has probably become your priority, but they need you to be feeling your best. Tell your partner, family, or friends that you need to sleep in this weekend, a chance to go grocery shopping by yourself (too crazy?), or even an hour to get a manicure. The feeling of doing something for you can be incredibly refreshing and enough to tackle the daunting task of motherhood.

8. Let Your Partner Help Out

You can get help to look after baby if you are overwhelmed

To help everyone get some rest, you could share some of the night-time care with your partner or a relative. Here are some things that don’t have to be done by a breastfeeding mum.

  • Giving a bottle of expressed milk. You could try this after the first six weeks, once your baby has learned how to breastfeed.
  • Winding and settling after a night feed.
  • Getting your baby up and dressed after the first morning feed so that you can go back to sleep, particularly at weekends.

Bottom Line

For most people, breastfeeding is hard. Learning how to care for a new baby takes some time, even if it is your second, third, or sixth baby, and no one should have to do that on little-to-no sleep. Although your nights might not be as dream-filled as they used to be, you don’t have to feel like a zombie forever — reach out and ask for help!Sleep is important, so I encourage you to get as much as possible.

While these tips might not suddenly make your baby sleep through the night (if only, right?), they can help you survive these weeks feeling a little bit more like yourself. 

Know that you are not alone. God wants to be with us in everything we go through so ask Him to go with you no every path of life. I have found Him to be such a ROCKI can depend on. Thank you for stopping by today and do visit again. Let me know if any of the above suggestions help you or how you are doing with your sleep. As usual I wish you every success in your breastfeeding and sleep journey.

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