How can you tell the difference between a baby fever and a normal baby temperature? Learn how to assess fever in babies—and how to manage.
If your baby is under three months old and is running a fever, inform your child’s paediatrician.
If you think your baby may have a fever, the first thing to remember is don’t panic. It’s not uncommon for babies to have an elevated temperature; it’s a normal response to many illnesses and will help your little one fight off infection.
Still, you’ll want to understand what may be causing your baby’s fever, how to treat it and when to call the doctor.
Does my baby have a fever?
If you are worried that your under-two-year-old may have a fever, take their temperature. Your baby’s temperature may fluctuate, but generally if it goes above 38°C then your baby has a fever.
For infants, a rectal measure is the most accurate. If you don’t have a thermometer, there are other signs of baby fever you can look out for.
If your baby appears uncomfortable or distressed after you’ve tried some of the remedies below, contact your doctor and arrange to have them seen as soon as possible. You know your little one best and should always trust your instincts to tell you when something is wrong.
You should also seek urgent medical advice if your baby has any of the following symptoms in addition to a fever:
How can I make my baby more comfortable?
There are a number of home remedies that can help and make your feverish baby more comfortable. You can try these while also treating the root cause of the fever. Depending on your doctor’s advice and your baby’s age, you can also use over-the-counter medicines containing paracetamol, such as Children’s Panadol, to help reduce your child’s fever.