A child's fever may not always indicate a health condition. However, a fever in a child, particularly a high temperature in a newborn, necessitates close monitoring.
The body temperature of a healthy infant is between 36.6 and 37.5 degrees Celsius. This is owing to the thermoregulation system's immaturity and the varied activity of hormones throughout the day - the temperature is normally half a degree lower in the morning than in the evening.
Because the thermoregulation system is unable to effectively cool the body as needed, a healthy child's temperature may rise, for example, after extended weeping or sleep. Only when a child's body temperature exceeds 38 ° C is it considered a fever, and when it is 37.5–38 ° C, it is considered a low-grade fever.
Temperature can be taken in a variety of places, including the anus, the forehead, the ear, and the mouth. The infrared ear thermometers that you insert into your baby's ear are really useful. Because the eardrum and the thermoregulation area in the brain are at the same temperature, the result appears in a split second and is extremely accurate.
The soother thermometer is another less stressful option. It resembles a traditional teether, but it contains sensors in the silicone and a display in the dial. An electronic thermometer put into the anus can also be used to check the temperature. The baby should be placed on its side or stomach.
Put a cotton diaper on his buttocks. Apply greasy baby cream to the thermometer's tip and gently insert it into the anus. After 30 seconds, you will receive the outcome. If the youngster starts kicking their legs or squeezing their buttocks, remove the thermometer since the point can harm the anus.
Do not use a mercury thermometer; they are no longer allowed under European and Polish law. Many of them snap and cut people. Doctors warn against using forehead strips because they are only used to estimate body temperature and do not guarantee accurate readings.
What are the causes of fever in children and infants?
The most common causes of fever in children and infants include:
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