When you have children, your overwhelming love for them is magical. You look at your child and wonder how precious they are and how to always keep them protected and safe. Having a child is one of the most blissful experiences in life, and every mom would want to do every possible thing in their power to keep them healthy.

Fever is one of the most common sickness a child faces and this sickness often makes moms worried and afraid, especially the new mothers. Well, welcome to parenthood and learn the first lesson of ‘Baby Health’ that is, fever is nothing but a simple phenomena where the body increases its temperature as a defense mechanism against bacteria and viruses. Body temperatures vary in adults and children, but the common standard for a fever is 101 degrees Fahrenheit.

The temperature is controlled by the brain, and when the body feels threatened with a germ attack, the child gets fever. Even overheating, heat exhaustion, sunburns, and a few other medical conditions can cause a fever.

If your child’s fever is recurring and stubborn, going to a pediatrician is the best thing to do. This is because fevers can be a symptom of an underlying illness that needs to be tested by a specialist. For children over three months, 101.4 degrees is reason to visit a specialist while for children between three and six months old, 102 degrees is a certain high fever.

What can You do to Take Care of Your Sick Child?

When your child gets sick, the first thing to do is not panic. Assess the symptoms and discuss with your partner and pediatrician, the best means of action. You can even try home remedies to see if the fever comes down on its own.

Baby fever bath is a popular method for relieving the discomfort your child feels while having a fever. Many people get confused if giving your child a bath is a good idea, but you can give them a mild bath which will bring their temperature down.

    • Place a lukewarm water baby fever bath. Do not make the water hot or cold. The water temperature has to be lukewarm yet comfortable for the child.
    • Place your child in the bath for ten to fifteen minutes.
    • Do not leave your child in the bath without supervision.
    • Ensure the water doesn’t get cold while your child is in the bath.
    • Dry them off completely and gently when the bath is done
    • Moisturize your child with baby oil or lotion.
    • Pull your child out of the bath immediately if they begin to show signs of discomfort or shivering.

Make sure you check with your pediatrician about giving your child a baby fever bath. If they have conditions that might make this option unsuitable, you can try these methods at home:

    1. Dress your child in light clothes but when they sleep, cover them with a blanket.
    2. Keep them hydrated as much as you can.
    3. Solid foods may not be easily digested so try and give them a fluid diet.
    4. If your child is feeling restless and wants to play, let them play something that isn’t taxing and then go back to rest.
    5. Do not give your child any medication that isn’t approved by your doctor.
    6. Try giving them a sponge bath if you’re not comfortable with the fever bath. Dip a sponge in lukewarm water and wipe your kid clean a few times before drying them off.

General Tips to Take Better Care of Your Newborn

      1. Feeding:
        Feeding your child on time plays a huge role in keeping them healthy. A newborn child needs to be fed every 3 hours and to be nursed 8 to 12 times a day. For the first six months, an infant should only be fed with breast milk which contains vital nutrients and antibodies that keep your baby from falling sick. Ensure that your baby is drinking from you correctly and consumes enough milk. If this is not an option, you need to ensure the right formula is fed to your child, according to your doctor’s recommendation.

     

      1. Burps:
        The baby needs to burp after feeding because they swallow air while eating, which could cause gas and colic in their stomachs. Burping pushes the air out and aids in digestion. You have to gently hold your baby against your chest with one hand and pat or stroke their back very tenderly until they burp.

     

      1. Hold your child right:
        It is very important to observe how your child is held by you or anyone else. You have to ensure that your baby’s head and neck are supported with one hand as their muscles are not strong enough to hold the head up. The neck will have trouble supporting itself until three months of age. Pay attention to their neck and their back-bone as well which is still growing.

     

    1. Diapering:
      Changing the diapers frequently is an important aspect for maintain hygiene. If the child is getting sufficient nutrients from the breast milk or formula, the child will wet the diaper at least 6 to 8 times a day, and this is apart from regular bowel movements. You need to ensure to constantly change their diapers throughout the day. Don’t wait until it feels too full and changes it as soon as it has been stained with poo. This along with proper cleaning will ensure that your child does not catch any infections. To change a dirty diaper, you need to place a clean changing sheet, place your child on it, take the diaper off, and throw it. Use diaper wipes and baby powder to clean your child’s back before placing the new diapers. To ensure your baby’s behind is airy, let them stay without a diaper for a little while every day.has been stained with poo. This along with proper cleaning will ensure that your child does not catch any infections. To change a dirty diaper, you need to place a clean changing sheet, place your child on it, take the diaper off, and throw it. Use diaper wipes and baby powder to clean your child’s back before placing the new diapers. To ensure your baby’s behind is airy, let them stay without a diaper for a little while every day.

If your child’s fever goes beyond 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit, take them to a doctor and check their symptoms immediately. Fevers aren’t harmful on their own, but if it is cause for other conditions: you can’t cure it at home.

 

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