YOUR baby will get several fevers throughout infancy, and the causes can range from something as innocous as a symptom of the common cold, to a more serious malady.
Thus it's important that you know what to look for when your baby gets warm, and know when it's OK to just let baby ride it out, and when you have to rush to the doctor's.
The baby has a fever when their temperature rises above normal range. The average normal temperature is 36ºC (97ºF).
Other symptoms may include sweating, shivering, headaches, muscle aches or loss of appetite, depending on what's causing the fever.
High fevers may cause hallucinations, confusion, irritability, convulsions and dehydration. Every parent should have a thermometer at home to check their children's temperature.
See a doctor if:
1. Your baby has a fever of 101ºF (38.3ºC) or higher.
2. Your baby has a fever and is younger than three months of age.
3. Your baby refuses to eat or drink.
4. Your baby has obvious pain with the fever, for example, she is pulling at her ear, or cries when moved.
5. Your baby has a fever that lasts longer than a day.
If the child has a fever but has no problem carrying out regular activities -- eating, playing -- then there may be no cause to worry. Remember, a fever means your child's immune system is fighting an underlying cold or another infection.
While it may be instinctive to treat your child's fever with medication, remember that this will merely mask the infection, not cure it.