How to Tell if a Baby has a Fever

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A fever is when your body temperature elevates above normal. Normally, a fever is a result of infection from another disease.

It might be difficult for you to determine your baby’s state of health since babies don’t speak.

If you’re a parent, you must have come across this problem. How did you tell your baby has a fever?

Read on to learn sure ways to tell if your baby has a fever.

1. High Body Temperature

It’s quite easy for you to determine abnormal body temperatures. If you feel your baby’s forehead or cheeks with your hands, you can tell if the temperature is higher than normal.

If you’re sure about this method, you can always place a thermometer under your baby’s armpits, in the mouth or via the rectum.

Normal temperatures should be around 37oc. if the baby has a fever, the temperature will be 39oc or above.

In cases of such high temperatures, please reduce the baby’s clothing to make them comfortable.

2. Shivering

This occurs when your baby’s body loses heat faster than it can generate. In such a situation, the baby might start shivering.

You should be keen to observe this otherwise you will miss the shivering. The head movement displays a lot. You should not mistake crying or other angry movements for shivering too.

If your baby has a shiver, please make sure they dress warmly.

3. Loss of Appetite

Loss of appetite doesn’t always come directly from the fever but an underlying disease.

If your baby is in an irritable state, the next thing is, every other function is disrupted, even eating.

If you suspect your baby has a fever, loss of appetite is one of the signs you should check. As the mother or the guardian, you already know the baby's eating habits and hence you can notice deviation.

In such a case, make sure you offer foods that will keep the baby hydrated and also note down the amount of food the baby has consumed.

4. The Baby is Irritable

If your baby is easily irritated, it may be a sign that the baby has a fever. Trust your instinct.

The baby might be crying more often and also other small things may change to hint that your baby is not okay.

5. Convulsions

If a fever goes for long without being treated, convulsions may occur. It is advisable to have your baby checked by the doctor as soon as you suspect a fever to avoid such.

If it goes on untreated, it can lead to death.

Take Action Immediately You Find Your Baby Has a Fever

If the baby is exhibiting some or all of these symptoms, it is most likely that your baby has a fever. You should take action immediately to reduce the symptoms and ease the pain.

Give the baby proper pain relievers like paracetamol according to the prescription from a doctor.

Do not worry with proper medication, your baby will be fine.

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Author

Eustace Muchiri