For new parents, experiencing baby’s “firsts” can be pretty exhilarating—or, in some cases, a bit alarming…like their first fever. Thanks to their still-developing immune systems, babies are prone to getting sick, and it’s only natural to worry when you notice they feel warm. In fact, 75 percent of first-time moms reported feeling helpless upon realizing their child was feverish, and 87 percent have been kept awake at night for fear of how a fever could impact their child, according to a recent survey from Braun, the makers of Thermoscan 5 digital ear thermometer. To help you put any concerns to rest, read on to learn some common myths and truths about baby fevers. Armed with the facts, you’ll be ready to handle that first temperature like a pro.
Myth: Anything over 100℉ is a fever.
Reality: The temperature that determines a fever is dependent on a child’s age.
It’d be easy to have one universal fever threshold, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, when it comes to what’s “normal” and what’s not, it’s not so simple. A lot of variables can affect how you interpret a temperature reading, including baby’s age and the method used to take the temperature. While it’s good to know these factors, what’s most important is how your child looks and acts, not the exact number on the thermometer.
Myth: Call the doctor at the first sign of fever.
Reality: If baby is past the newborn stage, an elevated temperature above your child’s typical baseline doesn’t mean it’s necessarily an urgent matter.
When it comes to babies under 3 months, you should contact your pediatrician or seek immediate medical care at the first sign…
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