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How To Deal With Fevers And Colds

When you realize that your baby has a cold or fever, you want to go straight to a pediatrician. When it comes to common fevers and mild colds, you just need some home management and you don’t have to visit a doctor. Keep reading to learn home management techniques of colds and fevers as well as when to call a doctor.

Unless your baby is under 2 months old, doctors don’t consider under 100°F to be a fever. There’s no need to panic if the fever doesn’t go above 102°F, but you do need to treat it if your baby is having problems sleeping or feeling uncomfortable. However, if you notice your baby having purple spots on the skin, showing signs of dehydration like dry lips or infrequent urination, or whose temperature reached 105°, then you should immediately seek medical attention.

If you want to keep your baby cool and treat the mild fever, give them a tepid bath or use compresses. It’s better if dress your baby loosely. Keep a watch on your baby and feed her/him plenty of fluids. Unless your baby is unable to sleep, you should try to avoid using over the counter medications. Since fever is the body’s way to fight infection, it’s better to just let the body do its job.

Rest is often the best way to treat minor colds. However, if you don’t treat the cold symptoms, then your baby may be unable to rest comfortably. To relieve congestion, try using vaporizers or you can add vapor treatments in the bath. If your baby is really uncomfortable, only then can you try to use over the counter medication. For guidelines about the dosage, read the bottle or follow your doctor’s advice and go by weight, not age.

If the colds hadn’t resolve themselves in a week or so, then it’s time to look for signs of an ear infection. Examples of such signs include unexplained crying especially when lying down, tossing and turning while sleeping, and tugging the ears. You need to take your child to a doctor once you’ve noticed these symptoms. Ear infections are very painful and recognizing them in young children is difficult.

Ask your pediatrician when you should call or come in and listen to his recommendations for treating colds and fevers. But if there’s a real problem, trust your instincts and don’t hesitate to call your doctor.

About the author: Susan Sullivan is an experienced author and currently writes about sunglasses for the Electric Sunglasses site.

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