Fever is not an illness on its own rather it is a symptom or an indication that the body has an illness it is trying to fight.
The severity of the illness cannot be determined by the level of temperature your baby has, because simple infections, as well as more serious health conditions, could all trigger a fever. However, while the illness is being treated, you can do a few things to help your child feel better by bringing and keeping the fever down.
Let us take a look at some of the dos and don’ts when handling baby fever that has reached 102 degrees.
- Give your baby lots of fluids to drink. Fever tends to dehydrate the body and the more the body dehydrates the worse your baby will feel. Make sure you give him lots of water and other healthy drinks but avoid sodas as carbonated beverages can cause your child to urinate more- thus removing fluid from the body.
- Frozen Treats. If your baby is old enough to consume frozen food like yogurt or ice pops then you could feed some to your child for cooling the body from inside out.
- Give your child a warm bath or a sponge bath. A bath can cool off your baby and reduce the heat temporarily. Fever causes irritation and discomfort so if you can bring down the fever for some time your baby will be less irritable.
- Dress him/her in light comfortable clothes. If your baby is shivering then place a light blanket over him but do not wrap him in a heavy blanket or multiple layers of clothing because the heat generated can cause an increase in body temperature.
- Fever Reducer. If your pediatrician allows then you could give your child some fever reducers in the form of medication. A suppository could be given if the child is above 6 months of age.
- Rub with alcohol. No matter how popular this method is, it does more harm than good. Rubbing alcohol on the skin causes it too cool down very fast but then the body has a natural way of fighting cold by raising the temperature even further up soon after.
- Take your baby out in the sun. During a fever try to keep your child indoors or under the shade if you are outside your home. The sun and heat are going to dehydrate your baby.
- Give him a cold bath. Just like rubbing alcohol, a cold bath is not good for a baby with fever. The cold water will make your baby shiver which will cause the body temperature to rise.
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Always consult your doctor before giving your child any medication and monitor your child for any symptoms other than fever. If the fever is accompanied by things like diarrhea, rash, vomiting or neck stiffness then report to your doctor right away. The duration of the fever should also be taken note of because a normal fever should not exceed 24-48 hours in babies or toddlers.