Is it normal for newborns to have a fever?

Why do newborns get fevers?

Your baby makes a fever to fight off germs. The immune system increases the body temperature to help get rid of germs without causing harm to your child. A fever often makes your baby feel hot and look flushed.

When should I be worried about my newborns fever?

Fever. If your baby is younger than 3 months old, contact the doctor for any fever. If your baby is 3 to 6 months old and has a temperature up to 102 F (38.9 C) and seems sick or has a temperature higher than 102 F (38.9 C), contact the doctor.

Where do you take a newborn temperature?

For best results in babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises taking the temperature in the rectum. This is done by placing a thermometer in the baby’s anus. This method is accurate and gives a quick reading of the baby’s internal temperature.

What do hospitals do for babies with fevers?

A baby less than 28 days old, who has a fever, will be admitted to the hospital for further observation and treatment. This is the standard of care at all hospitals. Antibiotics will be continued until all the culture results come back.

At what temperature should you go to the hospital for a child?

If his or her temperature is above 100.4 degrees, it is time to call us. For children ages three months to three years, call us if there is a fever of 102 degrees or higher. For all kids three years and older, a fever of 103 degrees or higher means it is time to call Pediatrics East.

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What should I do if my newborn has a fever?

How to Treat a Fever

  1. Bathe your baby in lukewarm water. …
  2. Dress your baby in light, comfortable clothing.
  3. Make sure your baby is getting enough fluids to prevent dehydration.
  4. NEVER give your baby aspirin to treat a fever. …
  5. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are the two medications for children that help fight fever.