A fever usually indicates that the body is trying to fight off something, and in adults then some people think that leaving the fever alone and not trying to combat it with drugs will help you to get healthier again quicker, because you leave the body to do what it thinks is best (not really bad fevers though which may be symptomatic of something which needs medical attention!).
But in babies then their newly formed bodies cannot cope like an adult one and we need to be vigilant so that we can spot a high temperature and get them checked out before anything serious can take hold.
There are various ways to take your baby’s temperature, there is the rectal thermometer which some people swear by, or you could use that thermometer under their arm. Oral thermometers should never be made of glass for children in case they bite down on it and break it, but also most people think that oral thermometers are not really suitable for babies at all, even the digital kind.
Then you have the baby ear thermometer which measures the infrared heat radiating from the ear canal and surrounding tissue, and can give you a reading in seconds, even while the baby is sleeping. These are becoming more popular now because they are so easy to use, but remember not to use it on an ear that has been on a covered by a pillow etc. because that may give a higher reading, and make sure the ear is not full of wax either.
How can I keep my baby safe?
Keeping a baby safe is a full time job, you can’t leave them alone for a minute without them trying to eat something or crawl off the edge of something, they seem to enjoy finding new ways to try and hurt themselves! Of course they have no idea what they are doing, they are just trying to experience new things and make sense of their surroundings, but it does make them hard work!
The main areas you need to consider when trying to keep your baby safe are baby proofing your home, keeping them away from poisons and germs, getting them vaccinated and protecting them when they are out and about.
Vaccinations are important to help protect your fragile new baby from the worst viruses and kick start their immune system. Make sure you consult your doctor as soon as you can after getting home with your baby, and find out the course of vaccinations they recommend, your baby won’t like them, but they are important.
Baby proofing your home is discussed in detail in another article on this site so check that out, but in general then you need to make sure they can’t reach anything to hurt themselves with, pull on anything, or get into anything like cupboards etc.
Keeping poisons and germs away is important because a baby doesn’t know about them yet, so it is up to you to protect your baby from them. The obvious thing to do is to keep bleach etc in high cupboards and away from their reach, but on a less obvious note then if you are preparing raw meat then don’t let the baby near it or the area it was on until it has been cleaned properly, that is something that most people would not think about.
Keeping a baby safe when you are out and about is even more of a challenge, you can try and baby proof your house, but as soon as you get out of the front door then all that is useless. Make sure you have a good baby seat for the car so they are protected in a crash, and keep them close to you at all times, preferably in a baby carrier. Don’t put them down without thinking about it, will they be able to reach for something bad as you talk to your friend or can a dog get to them if you are in a park?
Those are just some steps you need to take to keep your baby safe, remember to always be vigilant with a newborn baby because that is half the battle.