What Are Things We Should Know About Fever in Babies?

Q:
What are things we should know about fever in babies?

A:
A fever in babies can be one of the scariest symptoms for parents, especially when that fever is high or the baby is only a few weeks old.

What Are the Signs?

  • One common sign of fever in babies is a warm forehead. Other symptoms associated with fever in babies include:
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Lack of interest in play
  • Less active or even lethargic
  • Poor sleeping
  • Poor eating

What Should I Do If My Baby Has a Fever?

If your baby is under age 1 month and has a fever, contact your child’s health care provider right away.

For older babies, try these tips:

  • Bathe your child with lukewarm water – check the temperature of the water on your wrist before washing your baby.
  • Dress your baby in a light layer of clothes.
  • Give your baby enough fluids to avoid dehydration.

If your child is older than 6 months and your doctor says it is OK, you can give your baby either children’s Tylenol or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). Never give babies aspirin for a fever because of the risk for a rare but potentially dangerous condition called Reye’s syndrome. Also, do not give a baby under age 6 months Advil, Motrin, or other medicines that contain ibuprofen.

If you are concerned about your baby’s fever, call your health care provider for advice and reassurance.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.