Buy a good thermometer, the in ear ones are amazing. Until this week I’d been using the bog standard ones that you put under the babies armpit and hold for what seems like an eternity. Darcey started screaming as soon as I bought it near her and trying to get her to sit still for a minute was not easy. The in ear ones are so much better and give a reading immediately. Although they are expensive they are well worth the money. The advice now is not to use the forehead thermometers as they are not as accurate.
Strip them off
Try and cool them down by stripping them off. It’s February and it seemed mean to have her in a vest but I really needed to get her temperature down and quickly. Don’t bundle them up in blankets when cuddling them as this will only make them warmer. When I put her to bed at night I also adjusted what she slept in to ensure she was kept as cool as possible.
Once your baby has reached three months you can start to give them paracetamol and ibuprofen based medicines. You should always follow he instructions on the bottle. For three days when Darcey had a high fever we were alternating the paracetamol and ibuprofen at regular intervals. We didn’t give her both medicines together so that we could ensure there was always something in her system to keep her temperature down.
Make sure your little one is having lots of fluids whether that be milk or water. Darcey stopped eating completely but was happy with her bottles and water. We increased her fluids as she was losing so much through sweating.
Getting some fresh air is important even when they are ill. If they aren’t well enough to go out then open the windows and get some air circulating. In the colder months this will also help cool the baby down.
If you are worried and the temperature isn’t coming down despite giving medication then call your doctor or get medical advice. Also you should get medical advice if;
- The baby is under 3 months and has a temperature above 38*
- The baby is between 3 and 6 months and has a temperature above 39*
Darcey was really ill at 6pm her breathing was very quick and her temperature was 40.5*. I called the doctor who advised me to call an ambulance. They were amazing and took us to hospital for a check up. Luckily it was just a virus she had and nothing more serious. The high temperature lasted for 4 days before it finally broke and although she’d be OK one minute as soon as the medicine started to wear off she’d get lethargic again.
It’s awful when your child is ill, you just wish you could be ill for them. No one likes to see them suffer but hopefully these tips will make them feel a bit more comfortable until their body can fight off whatever is making them ill.