When is a fever dangerous in a baby?
Infants tend to have higher temperatures than older children. But if your newborn (3 months or younger) has a fever with a rectal temperature of 100.4oF (38oC) or higher, call your pediatrician or go to the emergency room immediately. Even a slight fever can be a sign of a serious infection in an infant. If your child is between 3 months and 3 years of age, call your doctor if her fever is 102.2oF (39oC) or higher.
What over-the-counter medications are safe to give my baby?
Always talk to your pediatrician first before giving medicine of any kind to a child under the age of 2.
When administering acetaminophen or ibuprofen, always look carefully at the label to make sure the product is correct for your baby’s age and weight, and follow dosing instructions exactly. Be aware that there are different formulas for infants and older children.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t recommend that OTC cold and cough medications containing a decongestant or antihistamine be given to children younger than 2 because of possible serious or life-threatening side effects.
When can I take my baby out in public?
You can take your newborn out for a walk right away as long as you’re sure to keep her from getting too warm or too cold. Avoid exposing her to direct sunlight, too (and don’t put sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months; just keep them in the shade).
To avoid germs, keep your baby away from crowded places like grocery stores, especially during the first month. And make sure anyone who wants to handle or hold your baby has washed their hands, and is free from any type of contagious illness to help keep germs from spreading.
Is it normal for my baby to be so fussy?
Many days it will feel impossible trying to console your fussy baby.
This is because many newborns have a natural, daily fussy time, which usually occurs late in the afternoon or evening. This can last for about two to three hours a day from age 6 weeks to 3 months.
During these fussy times, you might want to try walking with your baby, stroking his head or burping him. Some babies calm down after a ride in the car. If nothing seems to work and you feel frustrated, try leaving your baby alone in a safe place for about 15 minutes so he can cry and fall asleep.
Remember, it’s normal for a newborn to cry, so don’t take it personally. And no matter how frustrated you feel, never shake a baby. Shaking can cause blindness, brain damage and even death.
Be sure to pass this information along to your baby’s other caregivers, too.
This content is general information and is not specific medical advice. Always consult with a doctor or healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about the health of a child. In case of an urgent concern or emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department right away. Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals on Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta team are independent providers and are not our employees.