WHAT IF MY NEW­BORN GETS SICK?

Your Baby & Toddler - - Health Notebook -

In very young ba­bies, tem­per­a­ture is ac­tu­ally quite an un­re­li­able in­di­ca­tor of ill­ness. They can be very sick with a nor­mal or be­low nor­mal tem­per­a­ture, so look at how your baby is feed­ing, mus­cle tone (is he re­ally floppy?) and his gen­eral mood. A tem­per­a­ture of over 38.5°C in small ba­bies in­di­cates the like­li­hood of a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion, so con­tact the doc­tor. In terms of med­i­ca­tion, there is lit­tle you can use be­sides parac­eta­mol, but breast­feed­ing helps with most of the symp­toms too.

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