One of the most important thing to master as a parent is how to properly check your baby’s body temperature. As their very first health care provider, we need to know everything there is when it comes to the proper body temperature for them. We need to know the basics of baby temperature and how to maintain it.
Of course, there will eventually come a time when you baby will experience fever. This is most common during the first few months of their lives. That is why you need to when you child is having a fever. Here are some tips to help your with the things you need to know regarding body temperature.
Normal Body Temperature
A normal baby body temperature depends on each and every baby. This means that a temperature of one baby differs from another. They have different ranges of temperature. Just make sure that their temperature is within the normal range of 36.4 to 37. 4 degrees Celsius.
In order for you to take the normal body temperature of your baby you need to take it several times while your child is well. The result that you will get the most often will be your normal body temperature basis.
- The skin to skin method
This is the most commonly used way to know your child’s temperature. You simply use the back of your hand and place it on your child’s neck. The reason why you must use the back of your palm is because your palm emits more heat compared to it. You might mistake your own heat with your child’s and make a wrong conclusion that your baby has a fever.
Another reason why you should use your baby’s neck, or any other parts except for the head is because of the same idea with your palm. A baby’s head emits the most heat out of all their body parts. You might mistake it of a fever as well.
- The thermometer method
This is the most accurate way to take a temperature. A regular thermometer is advisable to use. But the more accurate thermometer is the tympanic version (the ear thermometer). The reason behind this is because the ear of your baby has the most blood vessels next to their anus. Originally, a baby’s temperature is taken through the anus. But since it poses pain while done, the second and no pain option is the ears.
Just make sure that when you take a tympanic (ear) ear or even an axillary (armpit) make sure that the side your will be using is the one not in contact with the bed (if the baby is lying down). The side of your baby that comes in contact with the bed or even mommy’s or daddy’s body usually has a more elevated temperature. That is in comparison with the other side which is not in contact with anything.
Knowing When a Fever is Present
Once your baby’s temperature reaches 35.5 degrees Celsius and beyond, it is already considered as fever. But before you start to panic, you need to check on a few things first. It’s better to think logically and observe meticulously before heading to the nearest hospital.
When you are able to notice that your child’s temperature is just a few degrees from the normal, you need to check on a few things first. You do not need to give them medication right away. Simple home remedies can stop a fever from increasing, especially if is not due to an infection.
- Check Your Baby’s Clothing
This is usually the first culprit for a “fever-ish” baby. Too much layer of clothing will definitely increase your baby’s temperature. Remember that the amount of layer of clothes you put on a baby is just one layer more than what you are wearing. Do not overdress your baby.
- Check the Room Temperature
A humid and hot room can be a trigger factor for a febrile baby. If you as an adult tend to feel hot when the room is hot, what more for babies? So make sure the room temperature I just right every time your baby is present.
- Drink More Fluids
Another cause of a slightly elevated temperature is due to less fluid intake. Sometimes, babies tend to be lazy to wake up and drink and we think that missing a feeding or two won’t be much of a harm. Make you baby drink more and check if their temperature returns to normal.
- Do Continuous Sponge Baths
While they are still a few months old, babies tend to have a hard time emitting their own body heat. This causes a slightly elevated body temperature. Make it a habit to give short sponge baths when this happens. This will help them disperse their heat faster.
If you have done all of the aforementioned tips and your baby still has a fever this is the time that you can confirm that the fever is real. You must also take note if any of these signs are also present:
- Weakness or lesser movement
- Loss of appetite
- Continuous increase of fever
- Cold, clammy and sweaty skin
Ones one of these signs are present, you should go to the nearest hospital so that proper intervention can be given to your baby. Of course, you should still continue to do the tips given to you to help alleviate the fever.
A baby’s body temperature is your weapon against any other medical complications. All you need to do is to think critically and stay calm. Remember that a slightly elevated temperature does not mean infection all the time.