For the safety of your baby, you must know normal baby temperature. And by doing this, you will be able to differentiate when your baby has a high temperature, fever, or low temperature. But is it possible to know if your baby has a fever even if you have no thermometer? Yes, it is and will share how you can tell your baby has a high temperature later in this article.
According to NHS UK, a normal temperature in babies should be about 36.4C (97.52°F). Therefore, a temperature bellow that can lead to hypothermia and more than that can lead to fever.
How do I accurately take my baby’s temperature?
Typically, you need a digital thermometer to determine your baby’s temperature in a faster and accurate way. And if you need one you can get it in your local supermarkets, pharmacies or even online retail shops.
Here is how to take your baby’s temperature using a digital thermometer.
|1. Hold them comfortably on the bed or your knees. After that, you can then gently put the thermometer in their armpit. It is recommended that you do this for children below the age of 5 years.|
|2. Hold their arm against their body and wait until the thermometer beeps. However, some doesn’t have these beep feature, but it has a stated time to wait before removing the thermometer. Usually, it 15 seconds for most thermometers.|
|3. After that, you can release their arm and remove the thermometer. The temperature displayed will be your baby’s current body temperature.|
Make Thermometer Reading Accurate!
False thermometer reading can be dangerous to your child. Therefore, to avoid this, you will need to consider the following. These factors can affect accurate readings.
- If the baby has been in a very hot or cold room
- Immediately after baby’s bath
- If a baby is wearing a lot of clothes
- A very active baby (playing or running around)
Unfortunately, sometimes we might found ourselves without a thermometer. And at the same time, the baby seems like he/she has a fever or hypothermia. So, how can you determine this?
- If your baby has flushed cheeks
- If the baby feels clammy and sweaty
- If you touch your baby’s forehead, stomach or back and feels hotter than usual
- Loss of consciousness
- A weak pulse
- Slow, shallow breath
- Sleepiness or low energy
- A cold on touch skin that is bright red
- Mumbled speech
A temperature of 38C and above is usually considered to be a high temperature of fever for every child. Therefore, you should take note of this.
- 37.2°C (99°F) or over for armpit readings
- 38°C (100.4°F) or over for ear or rectal readings
- 37.8°C (100°F) or higher for mouth readings
For most severe fever cases, the cause is usually when the body is trying to fight infection. The other thing is when a baby gets vaccinated; then, some babies might start experiencing high temperatures.
On the other hand, a low-temperature condition is considered hypothermia if the temperature reading is 97°F (36.1°C) or lower. This condition can be caused by being outside in cold weather for extended periods. Another is being in a poorly heated or ventilated room during winter.
Overall, after knowing what should a baby’s temperature be, then I recommend always checking on your baby’s temperature. In case you see a more significant change, then you should contact a doctor immediately.