A-Z Fever In Infants

A-Z Fever In Infants

A-Z Fever In Infants - Ouch, little fever again yes, Mother? No appetite and fuss? Which parent is not sad to see his beloved baby limp like that. But do not panic too much Mother. Keep calm and give first aid to your baby.

What Is A Fever?

Mother, basically fever is a signal that the body is fighting against infection or disease. In order for you to be sure how severe your child's fever is, measure your baby's body temperature with a thermometer. Most specialists, and additionally the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concur that the ordinary body temperature for sound children is 36.1 to 37.9 degrees Celsius. If your baby's rectal temperature is 38 degrees Celsius or more, that means he has a fever. 

How do you know your baby has a serious fever or not? Knowing the temperature through the aid of a thermometer is one way, but not the only one. Age is also a factor. A more serious fever usually occurs in infants younger than 3 months.

Another factor is behavior. High fever but does not stop your baby's normal play or eating activity is a sign of a fever not serious enough. To keep in mind, everyone's body temperature increases during the afternoon or midnight until dawn. This is the natural cycle, Mother.

When should the child be brought to the doctor during a fever?

Then when should a feverish child be taken to a doctor? You know best about it. So whenever you feel your baby is really sick, you may take him to the doctor. However, you should note some of the following general guidelines to make you calmer. 

1. If the baby is under 3 months old and his temperature reaches 38 degrees Celsius - or even more - immediately take him to the doctor so that the doctor can check whether there is an infection or serious illness or not. If your baby is 3 months or older, the most important thing is to pay attention to how his behavior is. If your child seems to be fine and drinking enough, you do not need to go to a doctor unless the fever occurs up to 24 hours or even more. 

2. Additional guidance from the AAP, you should take your baby to the doctor if your baby is 3-6 months old and has a fever of up to 38.3 degrees Celsius or more.

3. Also applies to babies over 6 months old and their body temperature reaches 39.4 degrees Celsius or more and has symptoms of serious infections such as loss of appetite, signs of ear infections, unusual fussiness, easy drowsiness, vomiting, or diarrhea.

4. Other signs that require you to immediately take the baby to the doctor when the fever is a baby's face paled, rarely urinate, and weak. Note also the fever accompanied by freckles of small, large, red, purple that is not lost (whitened) when pressed because it could be a child is exposed to a serious bacterial infection and requires the help of a doctor.

5. So is the fever accompanied by difficulty breathing or breathing faster than usual, because it is feared infants exposed to pneumonia or bronchitis?

6. In addition to high body temperature, be aware of lower than normal body temperature (less than 36 degrees Celsius).

Handling for Fever Babies

What will your doctor do when your baby has a fever? Again, the age factor determines, Mother. If your baby is under 3 months of age, your doctor may ask you to take your baby with you for direct examination. Your doctor may recommend that you do not need to administer any febrifuge until he or she gets accurate results on the examination. 

Then, if your baby is 3 months and older and looks healthy and has plenty to drink, usually the new doctor asks you to take him for examination after 24 hours of fever because less than 24 hours is too early to know whether or not there is any serious illness in the baby. You may be asked to give acetaminophen or ibuprofen to lower your baby's fever.

However, if the fever is accompanied by signs of serious illness or infection, regardless of the age of your baby, the doctor will immediately conduct an evaluation and could be your baby needs to be treated immediately in the emergency room.

Various Causes of Fever in Infants

Sometimes, fever in the baby is not accompanied by symptoms at all but it turns out after the fever comes down new signs of disease or infection. As with roseola infection, symptoms of new reddish spots appear in the body precisely when the high fever has stopped. Many other infections are caused by viruses whose signs appear when the fever falls. 

"Genuine contaminations, for example, meningitis, urinary tract diseases, or bacteremia (microscopic organisms in the circulation system) can likewise trigger a high fever without other particular indications.". So it's best if your baby continues to fever 39 degrees Celsius or more, immediately take it to the doctor, there is or not other supporting symptoms.

Handling Fever

Because not all fever is a sign of infection or serious illness, how should we behave? Which is better, to let the fever "fight on its own" against infection or defuse it? 

Researchers say fever is the body's way of fighting bacteria and viruses, so let alone elevated body temperature as it can help the body fight infections more effectively. Bacteria and viruses usually prefer the body to a temperature of 37 degrees Celsius. Fever is also believed to help the body produce many white blood cells and antibodies to fight off infections.

But on the one hand, if the body temperature is too high, the baby is very uncomfortable when eating, drinking, or sleeping, making it difficult for him to quickly get better. So the solution, if your baby remains cheerful when the fever, you do not need to worry and give febrifuge. Simply multiply the liquid or breast milk to avoid dehydration and do not give thick clothes when sleeping. 

But if the fever makes your baby uncomfortable and the doctor gives OK signals, you may give acetaminophen for infant or ibuprofen. But remember Mother, ibuprofen is not recommended for babies under 6 months or for children who are dehydrated and vomiting prolonged. Make sure the dosage is right yes, Mother?

After being given a febrifuge, the child's body temperature usually drops but soon it will rise again. Why? Because febrifuge is only temporary to reduce child fever. The drug does not affect the cause of the infection so your baby may continue to have a fever until his body is clear of the infection. This usually happens for 2-3 days. Some infections, such as influenza, can even last up to 5-7 days. As for disease caused by bacteria, if the baby is given antibiotics, the fever usually falls within 48 hours. 

There are other ways to lower your baby's fever in addition to febrifuge, by wiping the baby's body with lukewarm water using a sponge (lukewarm yes Bun instead of cold). It is also possible to bathe it, but still with warm water.

To be wary of, do not ever try to reduce the baby's heat by rubbing alcohol with a sponge all over his body. Mother, alcohol can be absorbed into the baby's bloodstream through the body, you know. Another reason, alcohol is very fast to cool your baby's body, but quickly also raise his body temperature.