The health and well-being of our babies are of the utmost importance to all parents. One of the key aspects to consider is your body temperature, as a significant change can indicate a health problem. Before you panic, it's important to note that normal temperature can vary slightly compared to that of an adult . The rectal temperature considered normal for a baby is usually between 36.5°C and 38°C. However, it is essential to remember that each baby is unique.
To properly monitor your baby's temperature, it is essential to use reliable methods. Rectal thermometers are usually the most accurate in these cases, but you can also use ear or forehead (remote) thermometers. To do this, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for accurate results.
There are some signs that you should pay attention to your baby's temperature and consider seeking medical attention:
- High fever: If your baby's temperature is equal to or greater than 38°C (rectally), it is considered a fever . If he is younger than three months and has a fever, it is essential to contact the doctor immediately.
- Persistent fever: If the fever lasts more than a day or two in a baby younger than three months, or more than three days in a baby older than three months, you should see a doctor.
- Sudden changes in temperature: If your baby's temperature rises or falls rapidly, especially if accompanied by other symptoms such as irritability, lethargy, or shortness of breath, seek immediate medical attention.
- Dehydration: If your baby has a fever along with signs of dehydration, such as lack of urine, dry mouth, or crying without tears , it is important to see a doctor.
On the other hand, there are some measures you can take to help control your baby's temperature: proper clothing that prevents overheating or excessive exposure to cold, a comfortable environment, and proper hydration, among others. In short, it is essential to be attentive to our little one to guarantee their health and well-being using reliable methods to measure it.