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Do not panic. Fever is not a disease but a natural phenomenon of the body's reaction to aggression, often linked to an infection. We do not treat fever, but we try to make it less uncomfortable for the child. Follow our advice to do the best while waiting to consult.
Fever: a check is needed
Beyond 38,5 ° C, for a baby of less than 4 months it is better to consult. For an older child, call your pediatrician if the fever persists for more than two days.
- Your baby is a little cranky, he is more than usual: you suspect a small fever. To verify this, naturally place your hand on your baby's forehead. A reflex that is not enough: the fever is sometimes capricious. It feels much better on the body of his baby. Only reliable tool to make sure: the thermometer. The most practical is a frontal model: you direct it on the forehead of your baby and press the button. No need for contact to display the result.
First acts of freshness
- To prevent overheating, nothing better than starting with your baby. Contrary to popular belief, we do not cover a feverish baby.
- Undress your baby to leave him in body. Also check the temperature of the chamber which should ideally display 19 ° C. If the room is too hot, lower the thermostat or place your baby in another room, while airing the room to lower the temperature.
- Babies mainly sweat through the scalp. Remember to change the sheet of your baby and place under his head a cotton pillowcase that you change once wet. Put your baby in his deckchair on a cotton terry towel. Unlike synthetic fabrics, natural materials promote the evacuation of perspiration for comfort.
- Although it is not always noticeable, a toddler's perspiration increases with fever. The risk of dehydration is increased. So offer as much as possible a little liquid to drink to your baby.
- You can also use a rehydration solution: a powder packaged in a sachet, diluted in water, and which compensates for water loss.