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Normal Newborn Temperature Range
Normal for adults: Kkeep your room temperature at whatever is comfortable to adults- 68-72 degrees on average. A newborns should be covered in a full length jammie or sleeper sack, and swaddled in a light blanket. If you do this and cover the baby with a second light blanket, the baby will be plenty warm. ...Read more
Normal HR ; RR: The normal range for heart rate is 100-160 for a 3 week old, although if baby really upset crying hard up to 180 would not be unusual. Respiratory rate ranges from low 20's to 60. # week old babies also still have a percentage of periodic breathing, a normal breathing pattern where they breath very rapidly and then slow way down and almost look like they are not breathing and then speed up again. ...Read more
Normal newborn temp: Usually btw 36 and 37 degree c. But usally greater than 36.5. Place baby an your skin and snuggle. If baby is feeding and otherwise well i wouldn't be concern. Recheck the temp after doing this. If baby appears ill or temperature remains take to dr asap, particularly if in first 6 wks of life. ...Read more
My 20 day old new born has been caughing, sneezing, and is quite congested. She hasn't got feverish temperatures, and seems to be eating normally.
Nasal congestion: Infants especially in the first few weeks of life may cough here and there or sneeze. Nasal congestion is common as well. Need to use saline nasal drops/suction bulb/ cool mist humidifier. If fever, fussy, not feeding, nasal congestion/ cough getting worst/ wheezing need to be seen right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any over 100.4 F: Newborns are supposed to be well protected from most viruses by getting plenty of immune factors from mom.Any temperature over 100.4 (rectal) in the newborn or first 6-8 weeks is worrisome for a bacteria that may have been acquired at birth. I generally admit & treat all with IV antibiotics until it's clear they don't have a bacterial infection.This is why we advise against lots of people contact. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
this is not a common occurrence. But also depends on what you mean by "drop suddenly". And how the temp is being measured.
Fevers (temperature above 100.4F) can drop fairly quick after giving a medication like acetaminophen.
Other serious medical conditions like sepsis can cause a drop in temperature.
More information is needed to better answer your question. ...Read more
100.4 F: If a newborn infants under a month of age has a temperature of 100.4 degrees f (or 38.0 degrees c), that is considered a fever. Babies under a month of age with a fever must be seen and evaluated right away. The best way to check for a fever is using a rectal thermometer. Oral, ear, and axillary (under the armpit) thermometers are not as accurate in a newborn baby. ...Read more
Is it okay to give my newborn cold formula? He is only 4days old our room temperature purified water gallon is kinda cold I didn't realize until now
What temperature should the water be when bathing a newborn? Im planing to check the water with a digital thermometer.
@ 98 degrees: Which is @body temperature (luke warm).Get a more detailed answer ›
Are inhalant allergies common in a newborn ? I care for a 1 month old , a stuffy nose for two days. A temperature of 99.6 started today.
Allergies uncommon: Newborns depend on small nasal passages for breathing.Common irritants like dust, fragrance, smoke, paint fumes, cooking odors, etc.Can all cause congestion.Regular use of saline nasal wash can remove these irritants so baby can breathe easier.A temperature of 99.6 is normal @ this age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Newborns are wired to suckle 24/7 as a reflex. Try not to confuse the reflex with hunger. Hunger is a learned feeling, a desire to feel better if an emty stomach sends the message. If baby has just eaten, the stomach is not sending that message, but baby may accept a feed for comfort if offered. Breast fed stomachs can empty every 2 hours, formula taked longer. Newborns grow fast and eat often. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
SEPARATION VARIES: The care of the umbilical cord stump influences the timing of separation. In areas where it is left to dry naturally or occasionally cleaned with rubbing alcohol, it often separates in a week or less. In areas that apply tripple dye as an antiseptic technique, it may delay separation 3 or more wks. International comparison studies show no increase in infections with simple drying over other methods. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Babys will have their eyes closed even during feedings, that will pass quickly.
Make sure your pediatrician or obstetrician feels the same. ...Read more
It depends: The most crucial period for a newborn not getting sick with fever is the first 3 months because it may lead the doctors to do more investigations than sometimes necessary. One day or another every child has to catch the bugs and devlop their immune system, you can't keep them in a bubble for ever...Probably after one year of age a child will be able to handle sickness better than an infant. ...Read more
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