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Severe fever in newborns

Severe fever in newborns

Severe fever is defined by increasing the body temperature of the newborn following dehydration, repeated episodes of diarrhea or vomiting. This is especially true on hot summer days.

The temperature can be brought to normal by increasing the number of daily breastfeeding, dressing in thin clothes and sheltering in cool rooms. If it does not give in to these measures, it may be an infection.

What is thirst fever?

Fever is considered to be raising body temperature above 38 degrees Celsius. Children, and especially infants or newborns have a slightly higher temperature than adults, so you don't have to panic every time you notice a slight increase.

The thirst fever appears against the background of the baby's dehydration and manifests itself by increasing the temperature between 38 and 39 degrees Celsius. It stays constant at this value about 1-2 days.

What causes thirst fever?

Thirst fever is considered to be a fever developed after dehydration of the newborn's body. It occurs especially in the summer season, when temperatures are rising very high and may have several causes.

Dehydration remains one of the main causes. This can occur against the background:

  • too thick clothing of the newborn;
  • insufficient quantity of liquids received;
  • recurrent episodes of diarrhea;
  • constant and recurrent vomiting etc.

When outside temperatures exceed 30 degrees Celsius, there is a thermal discomfort that is fully felt by newborns. This occurs not only when you take the baby out, but also when the room he is in is overheated.

Newborns are more prone to thirst fever than older children. At birth they normally lose a significant amount of fluids through breathing, sweating, meconium and urine. If it is born in the hot season, then there are more risks for the fever to develop if the baby is not properly breastfed to compensate for fluid loss.

What are the symptoms of thirst fever in newborns?

The main symptom is the increase in body temperature. To more accurately measure the child's temperature use a rectal thermometer. Manifestations caused by this type of fever differ from child to child, but can be included in the following clinical picture:

  • excessive plans;
  • agitation and irritability;
  • drowsiness;
  • limpness;
  • dry lips;
  • rare urination (5 or less in 24 hours);
  • eyes blinded in orbit;
  • blindfolded eyes;
  • the continuous search of the breast or bottle;
  • pallor;
  • a pungent odor of the mouth.

How is thirst fever treated in newborns?

Thirst fever should disappear within a few hours of taking the first measures to lower the body temperature of the baby. Fever is a cause for panic and terror for parents.

Specialists claim that you most help your little one if you keep calm. Not every increase in temperature means infection or disease. Try to keep your calm and take the first steps to reduce fever. Only then, if this does not show signs of returning to normal, call your doctor or go to the hospital with your little one.

The first thing you need to do is undress your clothes and take them to a cool room. Wrap it in thin clothes made of natural materials.

Contrary to baby cures, thicker clothing and breathability do not help lower the temperature. On the contrary, it tends to increase dehydration and to increase the fever even more. You can put compresses with cold water (not very cold) on the forehead and body.

But immediately after that, it is essential to feed the newborn. Remember that breastfeeding is the only means of hydration. Until 6 months, breastfed children do not need water. So, if so, increase the number of daily breastfeeding, especially on hot days.

The temperature should return to normal within a few hours. If the fever does not subside or come back later, it is important to go to the doctor urgently. Fever may be the symptom of an infection.

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