Is Fever in Babies Worrying? Check the sign here

Moms, baby fever is indeed worrying. But do not panic, first identify the symptoms of fever in the baby with this step.


Use the right thermometer.

If the baby is less than 6 months old, use a rectal thermometer because the baby's ear canal is still small so that the body temperature is inaccurate.

At what temperature is the baby fever?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that the normal temperature in infants is between 36-38 ° C, Babies who have a fever have a body temperature of more than 38 ° C

Should you call a doctor?

If fever occurs in infants under 3 months, immediately contact your pediatrician as soon as possible. Because fever in infants aged 3 months and under can mean serious infections. AAP recommends going to a doctor if the baby is 3-6 months old with a body temperature of 38 ° C or more. Well, according to the guidelines of the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDA), children who have a fever should be taken to a doctor if:


  1. Age of children less than 3 months regardless of the child's condition in general
  2. Children aged 3-36 months who have a fever for more than 3 days or there is a danger sign
  3. Children aged 3-36 months with high fever (≥39 ° c)
  4. Children of all ages> 40 ° c
  5. Children of all ages with febrile seizures
  6. All age children with fever recur more than 7 days even though the fever only lasts a few hours
  7. Children of all ages with chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, lupus, kidney disease
  8. A child with fever with rash
Children should be taken to the doctor as soon as possible if they encounter signs of danger as follows:
  1. Not responding or hard to wake up or unable to move
  2. Difficulty breathing
  3. Lips, tongue, and nails appear bluish
  4. The turquoise looks bulging or sunken
  5. There is stiffness in the neck
  6. A great headache
  7. Severe abdominal pain or vomiting
  8. There are purplish rashes or spots like bruises
  9. Do not want to eat or drink and look too weak to drink
  10. Crying continuously
  11. Children are nervous
  12. The body's position is leaning forward and cannot control saliva
  13. Throw urine into little or rarity
While for babies older than 6 months and body temperature 39.4 ° C and above, immediately take it to the doctor.

Pay attention to other symptoms.

If the baby loses appetite, coughs, signs of an earache, unusual sleepiness, diarrhea, or vomiting. Believe in instinct. Although the temperature of the fever is not too high, he is not like himself, call a doctor. The instinct for the mother is the best to know if the little one is really sick or not.