why does my baby temperature keep going up and down
My babies temp keeps going up and down 1 time its 37. 9 to 38 the next its 37. 1. She doesn t feel hot and she s not acting out of the normal other then puking a little this afternoon but has eat 20 oz already and isn t being over fussy. I took her to the hospital last week for a temp of 38 but by the time we got there it was down and has stayed down til today the doctor said she seems great other then the cold she had last week which seems to be going away. The doctor also said don t come back til her temp is over 38. I m confused and worried she doesn t seem unwell i just don t know if i should take her in or not. Also she hasnt been wearing anything other then a onesie so i know she s not being over dressed whats going on here?
What is considered the normal temperature range for a baby? "The normal temperature for a baby is between 36`CPand 37. 5`C degrees, although this can vary according to the time it is taken, the method of checking and the device used," says Golshevsky.
P What is considered a high temperature for a baby? Golshevsky advises that babies under 3 months with a temperature of 38`CPare considered to have a fever. P A temperature of 38. 5`CPindicates a fever in older babies and toddlers. "A baby's history, signs and symptoms will often dictate whether a high temperature is of concern," explains Golshevsky. "For example, they may have a high temperature because of excess clothing, wraps or blankets. " What is the best way to take a baby's temperature? "While the most accurate measurement of body temperature is with a rectal thermometer, this can be uncomfortable and difficult to obtain," says Golshevsky. "For parents, the least distressing are those thermometers that are placed in the ear, rubbed across the forehead, or modern ones that use infrared technology and can be taken from a distance. " What can be some of the common reasons for a raised temperature in a baby? "The most common cause for a short-lived, mild fever is a viral infection, and is a good sign that your child's immune system is fighting infection," advises Golshevsky. "It's important to note that fever is not an illness, but rather a symptom of the presence of an illness or inflammation.
Therefore, it's important to not only treat the illness symptoms but also the underlying cause, if known. " Common causes of fever include colds and flu, ear and throat infections, and should be of no concern if they are occurring infrequently up to once per month and lasting no longer than 48 hours in duration. P While teething can also be a very common cause of raised temperatures in babies and can occur as early as a few months of age, it's unusual for this to cause a temperature over 38. 5`C. Other causes of raised temperature are chronic disease or overheating caused by sunburn or heat stroke. Serious causes of fever include bacterial infection of the urine, lungs (pneumonia), blood and brain (meningitis).
Are there signs other than taking a child's temperature that can indicate a raised temperature? "Having a raised temperature can cause children to be uncomfortable and irritable, and they may complain of feeling cold when they are hot to touch," says Golshevsky. P "A raised temperature can also cause flushed cheeks, painful muscles and joints, lack of appetite and sleepiness. " At what temperature is there cause for concern and what should a parent do? Golshevsky explains that the degree of a fever isn't necessarily related to the severity of the underlying cause, but advises that a fever in a baby under three months shouldP alwaysP be reviewed by a doctor to determine the cause. "Parents should be more concerned if their child show signs of neck stiffness or is bothered by light in their eyes, as these are possible signs of meningitis," he advises. "Other signs to be concerned about are excessive vomiting, as this poses a risk of dehydration, the presence of a rash, breathing difficulties or excessive sleepiness. " Should the above symptoms appear in your baby, or if you are simply worried that the fever may represent something more serious, Golshevsky recommends going to a doctor.
What are the ways in which a parent can reduce a baby's temperature? "Small sips of clear fluid will help prevent dehydration and simple paracetamol or ibuprofen will help alleviate some of the symptoms," says Golshevsky. P "However, reducing the temperature will not help your child fight an infection it will only make them more comfortable. " In addition to this, Golshevsky recommends removing excessive clothing while being careful not to make a child too cold, and using a damp cloth to pat their forehead and neck. It is not recommended to put a child in a cold bath, sponge them down or fan them in any way.
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