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Baby Wellness: Call the Doc For Infant Fever

Worry comes with the territory of being a new mom. While not all fret-worthy things warrant a call to your lil one's pediatrician, an infant's fever is nothing to chance — especially during flu season. According to the Mayo Clinic:

Mild fevers are common and usually harmless, but it's important to keep an eye on the thermometer. Contact the doctor if your baby is younger than age 2 months and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 F or higher or if your older infant has an oral or ear temperature of 102 F or higher.

So be sure to keep an eye on your bundle of joy's temperature. You can usually tell by touch if she is hotter than normal, but a rectal temperature will give the most accurate reading. As always, if you're unsure, best practice is to call the doctor.

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Greggie Greggie 8 years
Actually there are exceptions to "back to sleep." However, the picture is more showing a good position for rectal temperature taking, not sleeping. It's also irresponsible to put a baby down without a diaper, but I'm guessing lilsugar isn't promoting that either.
Pine-Tree Pine-Tree 8 years
I can't help myself from posting this: Babies should ALWAYS be put down to sleep on their back. The picture is adorable, but it is very irresponsible to promote stomach sleeping for infants because of the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/safe_sleep_gen.cfm (stepping down from soapbox)
NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwh !!!!
mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
When my son was just under 2 months old, he was very hot and thank goodness we took a rectal temperature because he had 102!!! Turns out he got viral meningitis (which they found by doing a spinal on my poor child), which is soooo not normal. All I can say is thank goodness it was viral, but without taking his temperature, we might have just assumed he had a low fever and would have never thought to take him to the hospital. And then recently we took his temperature because he was acting sick and it was 102 again! This time, he had an ear infection. I now really stress the urgency in taking your baby's temperature because you never know! A teething baby can get a temp of 100+ but 102 is not normal and you should always call the doctor in those cases just to be sure. An ignored illness, no matter how small, can be fatal for babies.
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