Catch the fever

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Know the numbers.
A normal temperature for a baby is between 97 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. These are general guidelines to determine when you should call a doctor based on your little one’s age:

-3 months or younger: 100.4°F
-3 to 6 months: 102°F and seems unusually irritable, lethargic or uncomfortable
-6 months and older: 102°F that lasts longer than one day without other symptoms

Aim for accuracy.
According to the Mayo Clinic, moms of babies from birth to age 3 months should use a regular digital thermometer to take a rectal temperature. New research suggests that a temporal artery thermometer might also provide accurate readings in newborns.

To take a rectal temperature, lubricate the tip of the thermometer with petroleum jelly. Lay baby on her back, lift the thighs and insert the thermometer ½ to 1 inch into the rectum.

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Send in relief.
Once you confirm babe’s fever is not an emergency and you’re waiting for it to break, there are a few things you can do to offer comfort.

1| Keep baby hydrated and make sure she has plenty of breast milk or formula.
2| Enjoy lots of skin-to-skin contact.
3| Give a regular or sponge bath in lukewarm water.
4| Outfit her in light, cool clothing for sleep.

Tip: Your pediatrician is there to answer your questions and listen to concerns. If you feel your child needs attention, never hesitate to seek medical attention from a professional.

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