We ask Dr Natalie Epton, specialist paediatrician and neonatologist at International Paediatric Clinic.
DON’T ever offer a cold bath. The sudden low temperature will cause your child’s skin’s blood vessels to shut down and redirect the heat to her core.
Although your little one will feel cold on the outside, she’ll still be just as hot on the inside.
What to actually do
Dress her in light, loose-fitting clothing to avoid further causing her to heat up.
Keep her hydrated. You’ll find it much harder to bring down fever in a dehydrated baby.
If there’s a family history of febrile fits or if your child looks miserable, you may use medication to bring down the fever.
Paracetamol is generally safe for babies from one to two months old, but ask your doctor to recommend a suitable dose.
Ibuprofen may be used in older babies – again, on the advice of a doctor, because some viruses may damage your cutie’s clotting abilities, and she could be further worsened by using this drug.
Remember that paracetamol is marketed under different names, like Calpol, Dhamol and Panacol. Always read the label, so you know exactly what you’re giving.
And don’t accidentally overdose her by giving two medications containing the same active ingredient.
By Young Parents, 7 June 2016
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