Understanding baby fever and managing temperature

Understanding baby fever and managing temperature

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fever corresponds to an increase in body temperature above 38°C. it is usually without gravity and requires treatment only when it exceeds 38.5°C or the child bears it badly.

define baby fever

fever is a common symptom that corresponds to an organism’s defense reaction against certain specific events such as infection, inflammation, vaccination, dental thrust, etc. if it is very useful to help the organism fight the infection, it must be monitored, especially in an infant.

a baby less than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 38°C must be taken care of the same day. same for a baby between 3 to 6 months with a fever of 39°C or that has fever since 48 hours must be seen by a doctor quickly.

Also be vigilant about baby behaviours: if he eats less, that he has difficulties breathing, that he seems very tired to you, you must consult a doctor quickly.

causes of baby fever

Any infection can cause fever in a baby. Before 3 months, the fever should not be taken lightly, the risk of bacterial infection being high. A passage to emergencies may be necessary. Between 3 and 6 months, it is recommended to consult a doctor quickly even if the baby seems to be okay.

past the course of 6 months, fever is a very common symptom. it is advisable to wait 72 hours before consulting, except if the baby has abnormal signs. If the fever persists or the condition of your baby deteriorates, do not hesitate to consult as soon as possible.

the most common causes of fever are:

* urinary infections

* respiratory viral infections (especially in winter) such as bronchiolite

* gastroenters

* the rosole or the chicken

* otitis and other oral infections

* pneumonia

* Meningitis

* bacteremia (blood infections)

dental thrusts can also cause fever but rarely above 39°C.

take baby temperature

to take the baby temperature, wait at least 20 minutes after the meal with an electronic thermometer. Consider cleaning the thermometer before and after use.

It will also be necessary to increase the temperature according to the temperature-taking path:

rectal route

This is the most accurate route and does not require a majoration. for this reason, it is highly recommended. However, it is necessary to be delicate in order to avoid creating an anal crack and not taking it more than 3 times a day.


This method also allows a precise measure but is difficult to use in the child. This is a method not recommended before 2 years.


This method is for children over 5 years of age. In this case, the temperature of 0.5°C must be increased


It is a temperature socket under the armpit. this method is not very precise and a 0.6°C increase is required

solutions to manage baby temperature

if baby has fever before 6 months, you must consult immediately. after 6 months, the fever is often benign and disappears after 3 days. The goal is to remove the discomfort generated by the fever.

in case of moderate fever, if your little tip smiles, eats, drinks and seems to well bear the fever then it is not in danger. However, the fever must be monitored.

to improve its comfort, you can:

* avoiding too much coverage

* air the room and not overheat it

* Make your baby drink as often as possible to avoid dehydration

Attention:a warm bath can increase discomfort and create a thermal shock.

It is possible to administer antipyretic medicines but it is important to be careful to respect the doses and not to combine medications. Ibuprofen should never be given to a baby under 6 months and in no case to aspirin without medical notice.

before 6 months, you can use paracetamol and after 6 months, Ibuprofen.

In any case, before giving a medication to your baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice and read the notice.

fever must be treated if it persists more than two days, exceeds 38.5°C, your child less than 3 months and/or does not support fever (irritability, loss of appetite, headache, fatigue, etc.)

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