Baby Care: Fever in Children

September 24, 2019
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Fever occurs when the internal thermostat of the body raises the temperature above the normal level. The thermostat can be found at the hypothalamus. Our body temperature change a lot in the entire course of the day. It’s typically a bit higher at night, and a little lower during the morning. Don’t consider this an accurate information, though. Body temperature may really vary, most especially for kids, since they always play and run around. 

A fever is not an illness. It is a symptom of another health issue. If you have a baby at home, it’s best to buy a high-quality baby thermometer you can use for emergencies. There are many baby thermometers in Malaysia you can select from. Most parents settle for a digital one. 

Since a fever may fall and rise, a kid might experience chills. This is because the body’s temperature starts to rise. The kid may sweat to release additional heat, as the body temperature begins to drop. At times, children with fever breathe a lot faster, and have a much faster heart rate.

When to call a pediatrician?

  • You have an older kid with a body temperature that is higher than 102.2°F / 39°C 
  • You have an infant child younger than 3 months, and with a rectal temperature of / 100.4°F / 38°C or higher

Call a physician if you have an older kid with a fever that is lower than 102.2°F /  39°C, and has the following symptoms. 

  • Getting fever a lot, even if it only lasts a few hours every evening
  • Suffering from a chronic medical issue, like lupus, cancer or heart disease
  • Has rashes
  • Experiencing pain while peeing
  • Refuses fluids, and appears too ill to hydrate adequately
  • Suffering from diarrhea and repeated vomiting consistently
  • Has obvious signs of dehydration
  • Complains about ear ache or sore throat
  • Still suffering from fever after one full day

Make sure to get emergency care if the kid shows any of the following signs:

  • Refusal to move and limpness
  • Trouble breathing that fails to get better even when the nose is cleared
  • Leaning forward, and then drooling
  • Seizure
  • abdominal pain
  • severe headache
  • Rashes or purple spots that appear like bruises on the skin


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