What should I do if my baby has a fever?

Comfort. If baby is less than three months or unvaccinated or otherwise has poor health, contact the doctor. Otherwise, help your baby feel better with a dose of Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen (over 6 mos), then assess how baby seems to be acting. If acting ill after fever reducing medicine, see the doctor.
Call Your Doctor. A baby less than 2 months old who has a fever greater than 100.4 always needs to be examined immediately. In older infants, a temperature greater than 101 that lasts more than 48 hours should be investigated. Also, if your baby has other symptoms that are concerning, they need to be examined. Children can be sick without a fever. Trust your instinct as a parent.

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What should I do if my baby has fever?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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 . Read more...
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. Read more...