It’s normal for parents to panic whenever their babies catch a cold or get slightly feverish. And through a few research done by paediatricians, it has come to light that these 3 things that parents have been doing at home to counter attack the sudden rise in the baby’s body temperature are not helping the baby to cure at all!
1. Give medication
According to Young Parents, parents are quick to medicate a baby when they notice the baby is having a slight fever (37.6 deg C – 37.9 deg C), which this shouldn’t be the case as the fever is just an indication that the body is fighting an infection.
One paediatrician from Kinder Clinic at Paragon Medical Centre said that if you were to suppress the fever a lot, it may take an even longer time to recover from the illness. So instead of giving medications, try giving a sponge bath to the baby with room-temperature water. Please take note that the baby’s temperature has to be below 38 deg C.
If the temperature still rises, then it will be okay for you to give paracetamol to the baby, however, if the baby looks unwell, do bring him/her to a doctor. It’s not only about the numbers you see on the thermometer!
2. “Sweat it out”
Though this method of making a person sweat when having fever has worked on adults, it has not been scientifically proven that it would work on a baby. One senior nurse manager and senior lactation consultant said that by doing so, may make the fever worse and he/she might develop a febrile fit.
Instead of putting on long-sleeved pyjamas and sweaters, dress your kid in a light clothing and make sure the baby is in a comfortable room that is well-ventilated. Also, do make sure that the baby is well hydrated!
3. Ice bath
This is a big no no…baby’s aren’t as strong as adults to stand against chills, so by giving the baby a cold shower will only give the baby chills and will end up raising up the body temperature even more! Again, giving a sponge bath with lukewarm water would do the trick.
Also, do pay attention to the armpits and private areas, and be sure to dry those spots up properly. The best is to monitor the baby’s temperature every 3-4 hours and make a quick call or visit to a paediatrician if he/she shows signs of irritation, drowsiness, tiredness, breathing difficulties, vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes and poor feeding.