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Facts about your baby

  1. A child’s average body temperature is around 37 degrees Celsius.
  2. Temperatures rise during late afternoons and early evenings.
  3. They fall between midnight and early morning.
  4. Fever is when the temperature of the body rises above 38 degrees Celsius.
  5. High temperatures can make your child feel uncomfortable.

Fever with illness indicates that baby’s defence system is responding to infection and is fighting it naturally. What’s important is to monitor your baby’s appearance and behaviour.

Guidelines that you can follow to determine whether your baby is having a bad fever or not:

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Signs & Symptoms

Baby’s Age

Suggested Diagnostic Method

Indicator

1.

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Vomiting or refusing to drink.

All ages

Armpit (auxiliary) temperature.

Greater than 38 degrees Celsius.

2.

  • Has little energy.
  • More sleepy than usual.

3.

  • Noticeably pale or flushed.
  • Warm to touch

Seek medical attention.

4.

Extremely irritable or Can’t be consoled.

All ages

5.

Seem to be in pain.

Seek medical attention.

6.

Irregular behaviour, changes in appearance.


Types of Thermometer and Utilisation Methods

Type of Thermometer

Application

Method

Digital Thermometer

Most recommended for taking baby’s temperature.

Under Arm (easiest): for all children

  • Place under baby’s arm until there is a beeping sound.

Under Tongue: for older children (greater than 5 years)

Ear Thermometer

Applicable for older babies and toddlers.

  • Insert into ear and take reading when thermometer beeps.
  • Difficult to use and make be inaccurate.

Notes:
Plastic tape thermometers are not accurate or reliable

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