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6/29/2019

5 Fever Facts in Babies You Might Not Know

Feeling worried when your child has a fever is okay, but don't be careless in handling it. You are more calm in dealing with this situation and the handling steps that are taken are also right , let's see first the important facts about fever in the following babies .
 
The baby is said to have a fever when his body temperature reaches 38 degrees Celsius or more. So even though his body feels warm and his skin looks red, but if the thermometer shows a number below 38 degrees Celsius, the Little One actually doesn't have a fever.


Important Facts About Fever in Babies

There are 5 important facts for Mother to know about fever in infants. The following are the five facts and their explanation:
 

1. Penguuran body temperature through the anus is more accurate


You may feel reluctant to do it. But in fact, the most accurate way to detect Little Body's temperature is indeed through the anus. Measurement through the armpit, forehead, or even the ear is not as accurate as through the anus. The recommended type of thermometer is a digital thermometer.
 
When measuring a baby's temperature, make sure the thermometer is washed before use. Brush the thermometer with petroleum jelly , then insert the thermometer to the anus about 2.5 cm and let it sit for about 2 minutes until the thermometer rings. After that, remove the thermometer slowly.
 

2. Fever is not only caused by infection


Fever is not a disease, but a sign or symptom of an illness. The most common cause of fever in infants is a viral or bacterial infection. The high temperature of the baby's body shown by symptoms of fever is actually a good sign that the baby's immune system is trying to fight off germs that attack.
 
The nature and treatment of fever caused by a bacterial infection is not the same as a fever due to a viral infection. The difference is as follows:

  • Viral fever occurs when the body tries to fight diseases caused by viruses, for example ARI or diarrhea . This type of fever cannot be treated by antibiotics and will usually subside on its own in 3 days.
  • Bacterial fever occurs when the body fights bacterial infections, such as ear infections, urinary tract infections, or bacterial pneumonia. This type of fever must be more cautious, because it can cause serious complications if not handled properly. The treatment is with

In addition to viral and bacterial infections, the rise in body temperature of the Little One can also be caused by various other things, including:

  • Hot temperatures
  • Wear clothes that are too thick or closed
  • Immunization
  • Teething
  • Autoimmune disease
 

3. Focus on overcoming the symptoms, not the fever


Many parents believe that the higher the child's body temperature the more severe the pain. Even though this is not the case. Babies with body temperature of 37.9 may feel comfortable and still actively play, while those with lower body temperature are already fussy and look lethargic.
 
Babies who look comfortable even if they have a fever actually don't need febrifuge. Conversely, children who become more fussy, inactive, lethargic, or do not want to eat and drink need immediate treatment, even though the fever is not too high.
 
There are several ways that parents can do to make babies feel more comfortable during a fever, including:

  • Give it breast milk or formula milk more often. For babies over 6 months, water or electrolyte drinks can be given specifically for babies. This is to prevent babies from becoming dehydrated .
  • Wash it with warm water to help reduce the heat. Immediately lift the Little One from the water when he starts to look shivering.
  • Put on a comfortable clothes for the little one and cover his body with a thin cloth, rather than with a thick blanket.
  • Compress the forehead and armpit with a towel soaked in warm water.
 

4. The right time to give febrifuge


If the fever does not go down after being compressed, you can give your baby a special febrifuge, for example, which contains paracetamol . But remember, giving paracetamol to babies under 3 months must consult a doctor first.
 
Give medication according to the dosage stated on the packaging. Do not give aspirin to your child, because this drug can cause serious side effects in infants and children, namely Reye's syndrome, which can be fatal.
 
In addition, febrifuge drugs ibuprofen should also not be given to babies, because of the risk of causing digestive and kidney disorders.
 

5. Danger of emulation in infants aged less than 3 months


Body temperature of more than 38 degrees in infants less than 3 months old is an emergency condition and must be immediately taken to a doctor. There are at least two reasons why this condition cannot be ignored.
 
The first is because the protective layer between the blood vessels and the central nervous system of babies less than 3 months old is still very thin. If a fever is caused by a bacterial infection, this condition can facilitate the spread of bacteria throughout the body.
 
The second reason is because babies less than 3 months old do not have a strong immune system, so they are very susceptible to infection. Therefore, infants less than 3 months who show symptoms of infection, including fever, need to be immediately taken to a doctor to get treatment.
 
The mother also needs to immediately bring the child to the doctor if he does not want to eat, experience shortness of breath, convulsions , vomiting, diarrhea, a rash appears, looks lethargic, very fussy, or the fever lasts more than three days.

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