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What should I do if my baby has fever?

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Dr. Janesta Noland
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

If your baby is under 2 months of age, call your pediatrician immediately for fever over 100.
4 (38c). For older babies and children, Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen are effective medical treatments for fever. In addition, dressing baby down by removing warm clothes and blankets, or giving a lukewarm bath. Do not use rubbing alcohol as it can cause toxicity. And call your doctor if you are worried.

In brief: Depends

If your baby is under 2 months of age, call your pediatrician immediately for fever over 100.
4 (38c). For older babies and children, Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen are effective medical treatments for fever. In addition, dressing baby down by removing warm clothes and blankets, or giving a lukewarm bath. Do not use rubbing alcohol as it can cause toxicity. And call your doctor if you are worried.
Dr. Janesta Noland
Dr. Janesta Noland
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Observe baby first

A 1 year old baby can have a fever when there is an infection.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) drops or Motrin drops are commonly used (for fevers over 100-101 degrees) to lower the fever so the baby will be more comfortable and less fussy. The parent should observe the baby to see what symptoms are present, and also talk with the doctor to see whether the baby should be seen at the clinic or be observed at home.

In brief: Observe baby first

A 1 year old baby can have a fever when there is an infection.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) drops or Motrin drops are commonly used (for fevers over 100-101 degrees) to lower the fever so the baby will be more comfortable and less fussy. The parent should observe the baby to see what symptoms are present, and also talk with the doctor to see whether the baby should be seen at the clinic or be observed at home.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Fever in Babies

Fever is a response of our immune system to something it needs to "fight".
A certain ammount of temperature is good for you and will not harm you. As a guide, check the temperature via a reliable thermometer and correlate with the appearance of your child. Children should not appear lethargic or very ill with a low grade temperature. Keep babies cool and hydrated. Consult your doctor

In brief: Fever in Babies

Fever is a response of our immune system to something it needs to "fight".
A certain ammount of temperature is good for you and will not harm you. As a guide, check the temperature via a reliable thermometer and correlate with the appearance of your child. Children should not appear lethargic or very ill with a low grade temperature. Keep babies cool and hydrated. Consult your doctor
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics

In brief: Don't panic!

First, stay calm! fever is a sign that your baby is fighting off an infection, it's a sign of a healthy immune system. Babies with fever will be cranky and tired.
They may not eat or drink as well as they normally would. Keep the baby lightly dressed, give a lukewarm bath, keep him hydrated and give a fever reducing medicine according to your doctors instructions.

In brief: Don't panic!

First, stay calm! fever is a sign that your baby is fighting off an infection, it's a sign of a healthy immune system. Babies with fever will be cranky and tired.
They may not eat or drink as well as they normally would. Keep the baby lightly dressed, give a lukewarm bath, keep him hydrated and give a fever reducing medicine according to your doctors instructions.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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