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My Baby Has Fever After Fall
No: In infants the definition of fever is 100.4 (38C). If you have an infant under 3 months with that temperature, call your doctor or go to the ER. Beyond 3 months, call your doctor if the temperature reaches 102.2 (39C) or higher. Obviously, if your infant is vomiting, unable to arouse, or showing any other symptoms that concern you, call your doctor or go to the ER. Hope this helps! ...Read more
It depends...: Fever is a key aspect of how we fight infections- microbes don't survive at high temperature ; our white blood cells work better. Drugs to reduce fever may help one feel better temporarily but prolong infections! It's best to let the fever run its course unless it gets really high (above 104). Keep the baby well-hydrated. See doc if persists. See comment; http://www. Pamf. Org/children/common/fever/. ...Read more
100.4F or 38C: Babies younger than 2 months manifest signs and symptoms of serious infections (sepsis) in a more subtle fashion than older children. It is important to take your young infant to the doctor if he or she is feeding poorly, is sleepier than usual (lethargic) has an unusual rash, or has an elevated temp – even if that is the only symptom. ...Read more
Stomach irritation: We usually recommend waiting until about 6 months before starting to use Ibuprofen for babies for fever or pain. It can cause irritation of the stomach, and in rare cases it can interfere with platelet function. Always ask a doctor for the correct dose. Dose should be based on the baby's weight, not age. ...Read more
Please read the: American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations for safe sleep: http://www. Healthychildren. Org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/A-Parents-Guide-to-Safe-Sleep. Aspx or HealthyChildren. Org. Please put your baby to sleep on his/her back in a crib with a firm mattress, no loose bedding or stuffed animals, not in your bed. It truly reduces the chance of SIDS, which can occur up to one year. ...Read more
No cold baths!: To cool a hot house first turn down the thermostat then open the windows. Same with kids. Turn down the thermostat in the hypothalamus by giving Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Place them in thin clothing & remove blankets. Ice baths are rarely needed & cause pain & anguish. But only break a high fever. Low grade fevers to 39 c. Help fight infection & are usually tolerated if you maintain hydration. ...Read more
13 mnth infant keeps fevering but not any other symptoms. Diagnosis w/slight inflammation of bronchial. What else could possibly cause fevers 103+?
Is it safe for my 7 week old to receive childcare in a home with another infant who's been feverish all week? Other infant's fever broke 48 hours ago.
Sometimes.: Ear infections can occur with or without fever. Other symptoms of ear infections include ear pulling or rubbing, decreased sleep or eating, fussing, not wanting to be laid down, and vomiting. Fevers can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and even noninfectious conditions. If you think your baby might have an ear infection, please take him or her to the doctor. ...Read more
Contageous/different: The child with true scarlet fever is infected with a strain of strep a that produces chemicals that cause the red rash. Infants in close contact (mucous or droplet secretions) have ~1/4 risk in acquiring the germ, less if contact is distant. Infants often have more a nasal carriage than throat. (to guide testing)after 24hrs on meds the infected kid is not likely to pass it to anyone. ...Read more
See a doctor:
Fever usually means that the body is raising the temperature to stop viral or bacterial attacks. An infant retains the mother's antibodies for about 3 months. The infant's immature immune system takes over so the baby becomes more vulnerable. If the baby's temperature is very high or very low, it may be very serious
go to emergency dept, hydrate, tepid not cold water for cooling, take a temperature. ...Read more
Infant fever 7 months old. It could be from teething. But do I do. And can I give him water and how much?
Doubt teething: Historically teething has been blamed for many symptoms but in reality most infants cut teeth without significant consequence. Fever greater than 100.5 is most likely related to a viral infection and could be treated with Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen). If fever persists for more than 3 days or your baby has persistent inconsolable crying he should definitely be seen. 1-2 oz of water in a sippy cup is ok. ...Read more
What qualifies as a fever when taking an infant's temperature under his arm? I've heard a variety of answers and am a little confused.
Me too.: In infants I prefer rectal temp.102.0 qualifies as a "temperature" this way. It is slightly higher than oral. I do not have great faith in the skin strips. ...Read more
What kind of virus passes through an infant for a few hours with only fever and otherwise my daughter seems fine just slight temp of 100.5 earlier?
Too fast: Viruses generally have a longer effect upon their hosts (your daughter), I do not know of one that would initiate and be shed so quickly. Perhaps it is a minor reaction to a mild virus, or just as easily be food related or environmentally induced. Take temp several ways and see, orally, basally, by ear, armpit. If she starts to really feel unwell consult with an md. ...Read more
Infant age 1 fever n gave panadol (acetaminophen), fever went off last for 2hr. Fever came back again n gave panadol (acetaminophen) n it also last for another 2 hrs. So now worry.
Expected pattern: A child with a fever producing illness will run that fever in some pattern until the illness is gone. This would seldom be less than a few days. Acetaminophen is expected to suppress the fever by a degree or so while it is in the system, but it does not "fix" the illness. If the kid fails to drink well enough to void every 6 hours, refuses to play, or other bothersome symptoms, have it evaluated. ...Read more
For pain or fever:
You can give Tylenol (acetaminophen) to anyone in the appropriate dose for weight whether or not they have fever. Pain from immunizations or teething would be examples of pain no fever.
When giving Tylenol (acetaminophen), ask why you are giving the Tylenol (acetaminophen) and what is it you want to happen? If the baby is crying, 99 times out of 100 Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not going to help. As you already know, babies cry for a variety of reasons. ...Read more
Monitor the situatio: Infant will often have the equivalent of a wet burp in light sleep stages. This can reflect their tendency toward gastoesophageal reflux after a good feeding & is not necessarily a sign of illness. Willingness to stay on a the regular feeding schedule & lack of other worrisome signs gives you time to monitor the situation & see if this progresses to something more involved. ...Read more