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When Should You Worry About A Fever?

Fevers can indicate when your child is unwell, but they are also completely natural and will occur from time to time without any serious consequence. So how do you know which is which?  Our normal body temperature is 98.6 F. The temperature that indicates a raised fever is 100.4 F. Fever can be the result of […]

When Should You Worry About A Fever?

Fevers can indicate when your child is unwell, but they are also completely natural and will occur from time to time without any serious consequence. So how do you know which is which?

 Our normal body temperature is 98.6 F. The temperature that indicates a raised fever is 100.4 F. Fever can be the result of recent immunizations in babies and also overdressing as babies are don’t regulate their body temperature until they are around 24 months old. Low grade fevers lasting for less than five days are pretty normal in growing children and you shouldn’t worry about this if their behavior is normal and their appetite hasn’t changed. Studies suggest that our immune systems work better when we have a fever.

 So when should you worry? If your little one is younger than four months, a fever is often the first response to an infection or illness. Get in touch with your doctor if your child’s fever lasts longer than five days. If your child’s behavior is different from how they usually act, if they’re not going to the toilet regularly or when your baby is not wetting more than three diapers per day, there could be a risk of dehydration. If you’re concerned, if your Mommy instinct is telling you there is something seriously wrong with your child, trust your gut and phone your doctor.

 The most important thing is to stay calm, the last thing you want to do is panic and make your child scared. Take their temperature regularly and use child-friendly ibuprofen and if the symptoms persist, call your doctor to be safe. It is best to keep your child at home when they are running a fever, they will want to rest and sleep. Once your child’s temperature has been stable for longer than 24 hours and their behavior is back to normal, they can go back to school.

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