Baby’s Body Temperature Indicating Fever?
Aslmualaikum.wr.wb I want to ask my child is 28 days old when I carry the temperature when he is hot, please check the heat is 37.4 if the temperature is in the fever category or not? if you have a fever, first what should I do?
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The condition of fever in infants, especially young babies / newborns, worries most parents. Fever is generally a form of the body's response to the resistance of the immune system against infections that enter the body. For babies who are less than 3 months old, more attention needs to be paid if they have a fever, because in babies who are still young their immune system has not been fully formed so if they have a fever it can be a serious condition, we recommend that you immediately bring it to a pediatrician. or to the nearest hospital emergency room. And for babies aged 3-6 months, if the fever does not go down for 24 hours, or gets worse and does not want to drink, then have their condition checked by a doctor.
The cause of fever in babies can be a body reaction due to an infection in the body, besides that it can also be caused by clothes that are too thick, being in a hot place, or as a reaction to a recent immunization. The presence of a fever can mean that his immune system is working and this is normal. What needs to be watched out for when a child has a fever, if your child's fever is also followed by other conditions such as not wanting to drink / suckle, weakness and lethargy, inactivity when invited to play, accompanied by rashes on the skin, diarrhea, vomiting, shortness of breath, seizures, or other signs dehydration such as dry mouth, no tears when crying, cowong eyes, diapers not as wet as usual.
Normal temperature range and fever temperature in infants generally ranges from 36.5 - 37.5 degrees Celsius. If the body temperature has reached 38 degrees Celsius, it is necessary to watch out for it and get it checked by a doctor, especially for young babies who are less than 3 months old. However, if the baby is more than 3 months old then you can do the initial treatment at home such as: keeping the baby well hydrated by making sure the little one is drinking / breastfeeding properly, ensuring regular breastfeeding. Use clothes that are not too thick and layered, but not too thin and cause coldness, because babies are also prone to hypothermia (body conditions below the normal range). And if you want to give fever-reducing drugs, it is necessary to consult with your doctor to find out the exact dosage, however, this fever-reducing drug should not be given to babies aged <3 months.
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