A fever is cause for concern especially in
young infants. So if you think your baby feels hot or seems to be sick take his temperature.
You’ll get the most accurate reading with the digital rectal thermometer. First clean
the thermometer with rubbing alcohol, or soap and warm water. Allow it to set for a few
minutes at room temperature, then coat the tip with a dab of petroleum jelly. To take
his temperature, you can place your baby on his back as if you were about to change his
diaper, or on his belly across your lap with his legs dangling. Laying down your side.
Turn the thermometer on and gently insert the tip about three quarters of an inch. Wait
for it to beep before removing it. See your doctor immediately if your baby is younger
than three months and has a temperature above a hundred point three degrees. If he’s older
than three months, give your pediatrician a call if his temp is higher than a hundred.
Two degrees, or if any fever lasts more than a day. Also let her know if your baby has
other concerning symptoms, such as a change in appetite, a new rash or a decrease in activity.
Even if his body temperature is only slightly above normal. Until your baby’s temp comes
down, focus on making him. Comfortable. Let him rest and watch him closely for any changes
in behavior. Only give him acetaminophen or ibuprofen if your doctor recommends it. To
ensure your baby gets the full dose of medication, even if his stomach is upset, try a suppository,
such as Infant Strength. Acetaminophen suppositories. It’s important to keep your baby hydrated
too. So offer him extra formula or breast milk. The bump in liquids will also help clear
toxins from his body and deliver the nutrients he needs. If your baby has had a dry diaper
for eight hours or is crying without tears see a doctor. He may be dehydrated.