Fever in an infant - Infant Fever

Temperature above 38 degrees

Greater than 38 degrees body temperature means that a baby or a child is in a feverish state.

The child is tired, in a state of agitation and crying. When the temperature exceeds 39 degrees, convulsions may occur: it is a case requiring the advice of a doctor urgently.

Right actions to take

First, we must uncover the baby or child, then apply a wet towel on his forehead.
If necessary, make him take a warm bath several times a day, at a lower temperature of two degrees as its own temperature. Thus, for a fever of 40 degrees for example, the bath should have a temperature of 38 degrees.

Check the temperature in his bedroom and that it does not exceed 19 or 20 degrees. Give him to drink enough, to avoid dehydration.

Give him only one type of drug designed to lower the temperature, observing the dosage recommended by the doctor. Do not give other medicines (antibiotics, etc.), unless directed by medical.

Consult your doctor in case of persistent fever or further symptoms apparition: vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, rash, etc..

If the infant is just a few days old, it is recommended to consult your doctor immediately, especially if it is the first baby.