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Baby Care 101: How to Care for a Child with Fever


Baby Care 101: How to Care for a Child with Fever

Michelle Hunter August 5, 2019
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How is parenting treating you so far? Caring for your little one is challenging, yet fulfilling task. It also has tons of challenges! One day, you see yourself enjoying a shopping trip, purchasing baby carriers and baby shoes in Malaysia. The very next day, you are worrying about your child having a fever. At some point, your baby would get sick, so you need to do the best you can to manage it.

So, what should you do if your child has a fever? 

How to care for a sick baby?

Take your baby’s body temperature using a baby thermometer. That is the most accurate way of diagnosing a fever.

In several instances, a fever is considered a sign that your child’s body is actively fighting infections. It stimulates her body’s defenses, in order to protect it against invading bacteria and viruses. While it’s a positive approach in fighting infection, it can also make your child uncomfortable. 

A fever is usually associated with these illnesses: 

  • bowel, blood and urinary tract infections
  • meningitis
  • a range of viral illnesses
  • croup
  • colds
  • sore throat
  • pneumonia
  • ear infections
  • influenza

How can you make your little one feel more relaxed and comfortable? 

Reach out to your physician about giving your child a dose of ibuprofen and acetaminophen. These medications can typically reduce fever by around a degree, in around an hour. Also, see to it that your baby is not overdressed, and let her drink fluids regularly. One of the health issues you wouldn’t want her to experience is dehydration. 

You can also try these approaches to make her feel comfortable: 

To comfort your baby, try these methods:

  • remove additional layers of clothing
  • provide extra fluids
  • give a lukewarm bath or sponge bath
  • use a cooling fan

After trying all of these things, check the body temperature of your child again.

Should you call the doctor immediately?

Yes. It’s important to call your pediatrician instantly, most especially if the fever is accompanied by vomiting, seizure, diarrhea and unexplained rashes.