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?
What Should I Do If My Baby Has a Fever?
- 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
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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