When you suspect that your baby is sick, take his/her temperature.
A baby’s normal body temperature is 98.6° F.
Always take the temperature twice as it may fluctuate.
Though the most accurate method to check an infant’s temperature is to take rectal readings by inserting a slightly lubricated rectal thermometer into the rectum for a minute, most parents prefer to use the underarm method. This method shows a lower temperature than the actual internal body temperature by about 1 degree F.
Underarm method: Put your baby on your lap. Wipe his/her armpit dry and put the bulb into the folds of his/her armpit. Hold his/her arm flat.
Keep a close watch on your baby and maintain a record of your baby’s condition to help your doctor make the right analysis and offer the appropriate treatment. A combination of symptoms must be recorded and reported to your pediatrician.
Once the doctor ascertains the cause of your baby’s illness, you should carefully follow his instructions along with prescribed medication protocols, and continue to nurse your baby until he recovers completely.
If your baby has diarrhea, vomiting, or high temperature, ensure you give him/her plenty of fluids to replace lost fluids.
- Try to bring down the baby’s temperature by sponging him with lukewarm (boiled and cooled) water.
- Remember to keep him wrapped up inside a towel while sponging.
- Cover him with light clothes and ensure that there’s plenty of fresh air in the room.
- Keep a periodic check on his temperature every 15 minutes until it comes down below 102° F (38.5° C).
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