Facts About Fevers in Babies

Normal Fever vs High Fever?

How do you know when fever is a problem and needs to be dealt with? Here is some information to help you.

You’ve probably experienced waking in the middle of the night to find your child flushed, hot, and sweaty. Your little one’s forehead feels warm. You immediately suspect a fever, but are unsure of what to do next. Should you get out the thermometer? Call the doctor?

Fevers occur when the body’s internal thermostat raises the body’s temperature above the “normal” level. Now we ask what is a “normal” temperature for a child that is not in fact ill or when they have a fever?

The body’s thermostat is at a normal temperature of around 37° C, it will send a message to your body to keep it that way. In most cases the body temperature rises a bit as the day proceeds and the kids become more active, but it will soon go back to 37° C as the child goes down to rest.

Sometimes, though, the hypothalamus will “reset” the body to a higher temperature in response to an infection, illness, or some other cause. Why? Researchers believe turning up the heat is the body’s way of fighting the germs that cause infections and making the body a less comfortable place for them.

When your child’s fever spikes to 38.3° C that is when you know your child has a fever and you should call the doctor if you are not certain about it.

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  1. Thank you i need to read this i get nightmares about fever so scared of my boy getting fever.

    • Lisa fevers are the body’s natural way of fighting off illness. I also used to panic all the time when my kids got ill and got a temperature.

      • I still take a panic when its hot reading your previous post explain what fever is set my mind at ease but im still so scared fever is a nightmare for me for some reason not sure why maybe because my brothers little one got fever attacks she had fever so bad ended up in hospital.

  2. Very useful interesting info.
    Stressed about fever but i should just relax and take on step at a time.
    As a mother i will now when to rush to emergencies. Mother instinct.

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