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What Causes A Newborn Not To Hold A Temperature
Two questions: what axillary temperature is considered a fever in a newborn? What can cause extreme salivation in a 6 weeks old baby?
Use rectal temp: In infants, axillary temperatures are less reliable, as rectal temperatures are considered more accurate. A recital temp of 100.4 degrees F or higher is considered a fever in newborns and young infants. For axillary temps, the general rule is to add half a degree F to the reading. Many young healthy infants salivate excessively, a physiological reaction controlled by the autonomic nervoua system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Temperature: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Comfortable for you: In general, your baby will be comfortable at temperatures you are comfortable in. Dress infant in roughly the same layers you are wearing - a shirt, pants or onesie. ...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.
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