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Fever is not Always a Sign of Illness
Fever is not Always a Sign of Illness

Fever, is actually the body mechanism against infection or disease. Increased body temperature is actually a ‘good’ reaction from the body. So, not all fevers happening to the baby is a sign that he is sick.

Mothers do not have to worry if when the babies have fever, they refuse being fed. What is important is, make sure to have any liquids coming into their body, such as milk or sweet tea. To make them feel comfortable, mothers can do the following:

  • Comfortable clothes. Although the baby has a fever, do not put thick clothes and blankets to them to avoid overheating. Put appropriate clothes for the baby to feel cool.
  • Compress. Compress the baby with warm water, not cold water or ice water. Cold compress will make the blood vessels under the skin narrowed so the hot is trapped in the body.
  • Give febrifuge. As a first aid, mothers can give fever-reducing medicine, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen to the baby.

When to Visit the Doctor
Although when the baby has fever doesn necessarily mean that he is sick, mothers should immediately check the baby to a doctor if the baby shows the following symptoms:

  • When the baby is less than 3 months old and his body temperature is above 380C.
  • Little dehydration because the baby does not want to drink water/milk at all. Dehydration among others, could be detected by pinching the baby's skin, when wrinkled and it takes a long time to get back to the initial conditions.
  • Day 3-5, the baby still has high fever with limp body and just sleeps all day.
  • Crying or fuss constantly, sometimes by screams.
  • Fever for 2-3 days without cough and cold.
  • Fever with convulsion or shortness of breath.
  • Diarrhea or vomiting more than 5 times a day.

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