Tips & Hints When Your Newborn Is Sick

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For every child is born, a “germaphobe” comes to life. Suddenly, this new mommy  is constantly reminding family members to wash their hands, and she is disinfecting every door knob the moment is it used. After selecting a grocery cart, this mommy, who once passed the  store’s disinfectant wipe stand without reservation, now wipes and sanitizes the entire cart with excessive enthusiasm.

If your child is younger than three months and has a temperature of 100.4°F or higher, you should call a pediatrician immediately.

Dear New Mom, you are simply trying to prevent your little one from getting sick! This sudden interest in germ-fighting is just one of many ways you’ll care for your newborn’s health. At times, you’ll wish for some sort of protective bubble to place around your child, like when you’re at the doctor’s office for a well-baby visit and it seems like every other child in the waiting room is either sneezing, coughing, or producing thick ropes of green-colored snot. Unfortunately, that protective bubble doesn’t exist; and most likely, your newborn will eventually contract a virus, regardless of how diligent you are in this war against germs. Take heart by remembering that, if your little one gets sick, there are numerous things you can do to help ease his or her discomfort.

According to HealthyChildren.org, any child “younger than three months (12 weeks)” you should call your doctor immediately if he or she “has a temperature of 100.4° F or higher.” Your doctor may want to draw blood and collect a urine sample from your little one, just as a precaution. This can be extremely frightening; but the tests are necessary in order to rule out certain newborn illnesses, caused from birth, that are quite serious and, in truth, really rare. Urine is sometimes drawn using a catheter; and blood is easily drawn from the heel, or from the back of the hand with a very tiny butterfly needle. If everything checks out, your doctor should offer additional advice for things you can do at home to help your child.

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A fever is just an indication that your immune system is working. So even though this fever is making your little one fussy, it’s a sign that his body is naturally responding to the virus and fighting back. In fact, many doctors will NOT treat a fever that is below 100.4°F. A virus simply needs to run its course. The only thing you can do to help your baby, in the meantime, is to make him as comfortable as you can. Here are a few tips:

Do NOT over-dress your newborn

Newborns can’t regulate their body temperatures very well. Do not over-dress your newborn; overheating, especially with a fever, can be extremely dangerous. Dress your newborn in layered, light clothing, so that if the fever continues to increase, you can take off any extra clothing.

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21 comments

  1. Avatar of Swastika Swastika says:

    it helps me to understand my kiddu

  2. Still will worry but my Momma is a nurse so that will help my nerves so much!

  3. Avatar of Kesha Kesha says:

    perfect. i needed this info.

  4. Avatar of EbyMom EbyMom says:

    Thank God for this article. Thumbs up for EDF

  5. Avatar of allie_cat allie_cat says:

    this is very helpful wish i would have found it sooner my soon has been sick a million times from this weather

  6. Avatar of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    My baby is sick right now at three months and wont eat I have to feed her with a dropper a little at a time because too much and she vomits.

  7. Avatar of Marie Marie says:

    This is very important to know because you don’t want to end up in a very scary situation and feeling helpless…

  8. Avatar of JamJam JamJam says:

    i dont want my baby to get sick! sucks to have to see them uncomfortable! but these are good things to know!

  9. Avatar of alecia alecia says:

    this is good to know thanks

  10. my oldest was in and out for a while because of acid reflux but i put him on oatmeal at 1 month and his reflux was gone :)

  11. our’s is too i love it and the hospital is right next door! it make’s you feel safer knowing that you can get there quick!

  12. Avatar of HMomOf4 HMomOf4 says:

    I love that my pediatrician lies down the street form me, and working for a doctor myself, I am always prepared with tips and signs of illness that we may be facing

  13. Avatar of Julie Julie says:

    Really good article, I am sure we will be at the doctor’s office plenty since I tend to panic over things already.

  14. Avatar of CatieUfly CatieUfly says:

    Sometimes babys getting sick can make there immune system stronger for when they get older but still need to take them to the docter but if its not a serious illness just relax :D

  15. Avatar of Whitney Whitney says:

    Great info, very helpful

  16. Avatar of Mary Mullard Mary Mullard says:

    great helpful information

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