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What To Do In Case Your Baby Has A Fever
Babies, in their small size and fragile nature, cause much worry among both new and experienced parents, particularly when fevers strike. As babies tend to be more sensitive, baby fevers require close monitoring as they emerge and subside. Knowing what constitutes fever in babies, as well as signs that a call should be made to arrange proper medical treatment, go a long way in putting your mind at ease and your infant’s health at the top of the family priority list.
100.4 – The Magic Number
Ordinarily, adults grow concerned when their own temperatures rise beyond 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit. However, for babies, that benchmark settles at 100.4 degrees given their heightened sensitivity to environmental stimuli. Two more layers of clothing can noticeably raise your baby’s temperature, as well as the energy used when he or she cries. Once the thermometer reports a number higher than 100.4, consult a doctor to discuss possible illnesses behind the baby fever.
Viral Versus Bacterial Fevers
Like adults, babies’ bodies act in full capacity to fight infections like colds and the flu. These illnesses hold distinction in that they stem from viruses and sometimes result in a viral baby fever. These tend to resolve themselves in three days, and as antibiotics do nothing to treat viral illness, emergency medical care is only necessary if your baby experiences severe discomfort, pain, and unusual symptoms.
While bacterial baby fever occurs less frequently, it usually warrants immediate medical attention. Without appropriate treatment (often including antibiotics), infections behind the baby fever often fester, potentially developing into life-threatening complications. Bacterial meningitis and pneumonia are fatal, and qualified medical staff can detect and target these conditions often signaled by a baby fever. The following signs call for emergency care:
- Temperature continuing to exceed 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in babies 3 months old or younger.
- Fever lasting beyond 24 hours in babies 2 years of age or younger.
- Infections of the ear and/or urinary tract.
Uptown Emergency Room delivers modern, high quality pediatric treatment in case your baby has a bacterial fever. Our medical staff possesses a wealth of knowledge to aggressively address bacterial infections before they grow worse and possibly impact the bloodstream and brain. Should the listed characteristics describe your baby’s fever, do not hesitate to see our team. If you are located within the Dallas area, call us at (214) 217-1818.