It is normal for the baby to have a fever. But there are warning signs or warning symptoms that can lead us to go to the emergency room. Know what they are.
One of the great handicaps that exist when a new baby arrives in the family is that most of the time it is very difficult to know for sure when he has become ill. By not being able to communicate with us, the child will not be able to tell us how he feels, hence it is very important to always be aware of the appearance of certain symptoms that can tell us that the baby suffers, for example, from high fever.
In this sense, there are many parents who are a bit lost. They are completely unaware of the symptoms and therefore are always in a constant state of alert that sometimes turns out to be something exaggerated and far from reality.
But there is not nothing to worry. First of all, you have to remain calm a bit and keep in mind that any child will always be prone to low-grade fever, especially if they are barely a few months old.
However, although we must bear in mind that fever is always a natural defense mechanism of our body, in the case of babies and young children it is normal for the mother or father to worry excessively, especially if they are first-timers and do not know very good what to do. In these cases, we must remain calm and calm, without neglecting the baby and observing she at all times.
Alert Symptoms for Baby Fever
But, what symptoms can serve as an alarm or alert signal to parents, and what can be an indication that we should go to the emergency room?
For this reason, it does not hurt to always be attentive to a series of symptoms that we will describe below:
- Prolonged drowsiness and irritation. If we see that the child is the most irritated when picking him up or does not stop crying after a considerable time, this may be a sign that he suffers from a high fever.
- Red spots on the skin. It is also very possible that red spots appear all over your skin and are characterized above all by not disappearing with the mere touch of our fingers.
- Vomiting Vomiting is also a clear sign that the child is suffering from a high fever.
- Intermittent breathing Intermittent or heavy breathing can also indicate that the baby has a low-grade fever.
How can we treat a baby’s high fever at home?
If we see that any of these symptoms have made an appearance, we will have to be very attentive in case they last for 1 or 2 days. Although in the meantime we can carry out the following:
- Take it lightly dressed. In this way we will be able to lower your body temperature by at least half or one degree. It is also important that there is minimum ventilation in the room where the child is staying.
- Always keep it hydrated. For this, it is important to always give mineral water through your bottle.
- Give him an antipyretic. A small dose of acetaminophen can help you significantly to lower your body temperature. Although you should always consult your pediatrician as he will tell you what the most recommended amount is.
- Give him a warm bath. It is also not a bad idea to give your little one a warm shower (never too cold) or simply apply heat to the neck and wrists.
- We should not give him antibiotics on our own. Since they can have an adverse effect on the health of our baby. And therefore, it is always best to contact a pediatrician when it comes to providing you with a more potent medication.
These are just some tips that can be most useful when it comes to reducing the baby’s own fever. You have to bear in mind that it seems very important to remain calm at all times.
For this reason, we will have to be attentive to all the symptoms that we have reported for at least the first 24-48 hours, since after this time the baby’s health can improve considerably.
Otherwise, if the child even begins to suffer seizures or the temperature begins to be too high (we can verify this by inserting a rectal thermometer), there will be no choice but to take him to the nearest hospital in order to give him a more specific treatment.
When to go to the emergency room?
Although, in most cases, the baby’s fever will not be dangerous and much less worrisome (so that this will not be a clear reason for urgency), it is true that there are some cases in which it is more appropriate Go to the emergency room, either at the children’s hospital or the nearest health center, so that the baby is recognized by a medical specialist.
And what are those cases? We summarize them below:
- Baby’s age: If the baby is less than 3 months old.
- Temperature: If the baby’s temperature is equal to or greater than 40ºC.
- Duration of fever: If the baby has had a fever for 4 days or more.
- Symptoms: If the baby vomits several times, breathes with difficulty or has a severe headache.
- Serious chronic disease: If the baby suffers from some type of serious chronic disease or pathology, such as immunodeficiency, heart malformation or cancer undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
In addition, we must take into account the alarm signals indicated at the beginning of this note. Therefore, either because the baby meets some of the conditions discussed in the previous section, or some of the alarm signals mentioned, it is very important to go quickly to the emergency room.
Otherwise, it is best to always observe the baby, taking his body temperature from time to time, try to lower it through baths and a cool environment, and offer him plenty of fluids.