Top tips for dealing with a high temperature in babies

Bearing in mind that I’m on baby number three you think I’d be a dab hand at this by now. What I’ve realised is that no two children are the same. Although my sons have had their fair share of illnesses over the years they have never really suffered from a high temperature. I can maybe count on one hand the number of times the thermometer has said 38* and they are now aged 8 & 9. For the last month it seems like Darcey has been ill, and she is getting one thing after another. Last week she really scared us with a ridiculously high temperature.


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.

High Temperature

Darcey with a very high temperature crashed out on the sofa

Fresh air

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.

Medical attention

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.

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  • Reply fashionandstylepolice

    Handy tips here. Plenty of fluids does help a lot.
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    March 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    Fab tips! It’s always very worrying when our little ones take ill. We have a braun thermoscan ear thermometer and I swear by it, it gives accurate readings every time 🙂 x
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    March 3, 2017 at 8:19 am
  • Reply JanetT

    We ended up in hospital with a very hot baby once, and I learned a lot from seeing how they treated her. They did a lot of what you said but also sponged her down with warm water.
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    March 2, 2017 at 10:22 pm
  • Reply lindsey

    Honestly it is the scariest thing in the world, Leanora has been sick once really badly and I would never wish it upon herr or any little one ever again, but great tips above and all really count and matter. x
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    March 2, 2017 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply Toni | Gym Bunny Mummy

    Archie had Croup over Christmas and his temperature soared, he has Autism so needs his blanket for comfort. It was so hard only letting him have a little corner to hold as he really wanted to wrap himself up, we had to keep taking it away but eventually we managed to cool him down so he could have it back
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  • Reply Ana De-Jesus

    It is always good to be on the safe side, but I had no idea that they can take crushed paracetamol after three months. That is something to keep in mind x

    March 2, 2017 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply Kat

    This is great advice. I always panic when my little one has a temperature. Stripping off and lots of water is our first method followed by Neurofen if that fails. We have an in ear rhermometer but I’m not convinced it’s totally acurate. Thanks for the tip on the forehead thermometers, I was actually thinking of buying one! Kat x
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    March 2, 2017 at 1:03 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      It really worried me as the boys have never been like this. I didn’t even know a thermometer went that high!

      March 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • Reply motherhoodtherealdeal

    Seeing your child with a high temperature can be really scary especially if it’s for the first time – these are great tips thanks so much for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xoxo
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    March 2, 2017 at 11:51 am
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