- Rule out Overdressing: If your baby feels warm to the touch and is flush or sweating, that doesn’t necessarily mean he or she has a fever. It may mean that your baby is overdressed for the current environment. Too many clothes or a blanket, even in cooler temps, can actually make babies flushed, sweaty and irritable. Before you treat this as a fever with any type of medication, it’s important to actually take the baby’s temperature first to confirm it.
- Understand What is Considered a Fever: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a normal body temperature for a healthy baby 6 months and older is between 97 and 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything higher (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) taken rectally (see below) is considered a fever. If your child is younger than 6 months and has a fever, please contact your pediatric healthcare provider immediately.
- Use a Digital Rectal Thermometer: When taking your baby’s temperature, the goal is to find out his or her core temperature. The thermometer that will give the most accurate reading for your baby, and recommended by pediatric healthcare providers, is a digital rectal thermometer. These are very quick and easy to use, and will give the best reading. Follow directions on the thermometer packaging.
- Be Fever Ready: It’s best to have the option of oral liquid acetaminophen and FeverAll® acetaminophen suppositories on hand in the event your child comes down with a fever. If your child is tight-lipped, spitting up, vomiting or has a habit of spitting out liquid medication, using oral liquid acetaminophen may not be your best option to make sure he or she is getting the proper dose. Instead, turn to the #1 doctor-recommend brand of acetaminophen suppository FeverAll®– which is a safe alternative to the liquid form. It provides accurate dosing every time, with no spills, no mess.
- Keep Track of Baby’s Progress: Take note of the time and temperature each time you take your baby’s reading. There are even some helpful apps, such as Baby Sprout, that can help you keep track.
If you’re worried that your child has a fever, follow these simple steps to find the most accurate temperature reading for your baby: