Overcoming Fever or Heat in Baby

How To Overcome Fever In Babies

Overcoming Fever or Heat in Baby - Everyone must have had a fever, not least the little one. Fever is common in infants and children because their immune systems are still in the growth stage, so they are vulnerable to infection. How to deal with fever in infants or children? In the science of health, an infant is said to have a fever if the body temperature reaches 38 degrees Celsius or more. Fever is a symptom that arises when your baby's body is fighting disease. Fever can be considered as evidence that the immune system of the baby is working well. Fever can also occur after immunization as a form of the body's reaction to form immunity against the given vaccine. 

As a parent, we will surely feel worried and panicked when it finds the baby's body feels hot. If this condition occurs you do not need to rush to the doctor, because fever in a baby is something that is common, and usually is not a dangerous condition and can be overcome at home, for this reason, you need to know how to deal with fever in your baby correctly.

Measuring Baby's Body Temperature Before trying to reduce child fever, then we need to make sure first whether the baby or your child has a fever or not, try to measure the baby's body temperature using a thermometer. Recommended measurements are through the anus, as it will give more accurate results than measurements on the mouth, armpits or ears. Before making a measurement, the thermometer must be hygienic by washing it with soap and then rinse with water. After that position the baby prone in your arms, then apply petroleum jelly on the thermometer surface, then insert the thermometer slowly into the baby's anus with a depth of about 2.5 cm. Hold the thermometer in that position and wait for two minutes until a notification sound from the thermometer is heard. After that pull the thermometer slowly and then read the result. For information, the normal body temperature of a baby is between 36 and 37 degrees Celsius.

How To Overcome Fever In Babies

Here are some ways to reduce infant fever, although simple but this step that can be used as an early treatment in overcoming fever in infants or overcome fever in children at home.

1. Bathe baby using warm water. Make sure the warm water is not too hot for the baby's skin. This warm bath will allow the baby to breathe the warm air so that it can smooth the breathing and also can make the baby's body become more relaxed, and can open the pores on the baby's skin so as to help the body heat evaporation

2. Wear comfortable baby clothes with thin, and avoid thick and layered clothes.

3. Give the baby enough fluid intake from breast milk, formula milk, or water, to prevent the baby from becoming dehydrated.

4. Give babies fever-lowering drugs such as paracetamol, but their use including dosage and method of use must be consulted and in accordance with the doctor's instructions. Do not give babies febrifuge containing aspirin or acetosal. Read: Drugs for Infant Child Fever

5. Make sure the air circulation of the room goes well so that heat transfer goes well.

Special Attention to Fever Children 

Although fever in infants is common, it does not mean that the fever is not completely harmful, there are certain conditions that require special attention and should receive treatment immediately, even if the fever has been attempted or resolved in the infant as above when fever occurs simultaneously with some of the following signs:

a.Decreased appetite
b.Sluggish and lackluster
c.No response
d.It has patches on the skin
e. Restless during sleep
f.His breathing was disturbed.
g.Signs of dehydration
h.Have a seizure

Infants aged less than three months also need special attention, because at this age the baby does not have a protective layer of cells or barrier between the bloodstream and the central nervous system is thick enough, it can allow microorganisms to spread and enter the nerve network quickly so it can cause meningitis or encephalitis. Infants younger than three months have a limited body response that can show no special signs when they have a serious infection. Therefore required a blood test to be able to determine the level of seriousness of the infection. Fever in infants less than 3 months of age must be taken immediately for treatment and quickly treated by a doctor because fever at this age has the potential as a serious disease condition in infants. For fever in infants over three months immediately take treatment to a doctor if the fever does not go down or gets worse within 24 hours or if the baby cannot consume enough fluids.