What to Do When Your Baby Has a Fever

What to Do When Your Baby Has a Fever

When your baby is not feeling well, all you want to do is make them better. They may be fussy, crying, and have a hard time sleeping. So what do you do when your baby has a fever? Continue reading for some suggestions, and contact Shell’s Early Learning Center, a daycare and preschool in Maryland and Delaware, for enrollment information today!

Don’t Panic

Unless your baby is under three months old, a fever is not something you need to be overly concerned about. Humans get fevers as signs their bodies are fighting off illnesses, so this can be the common cold or the flu. We suggest taking your baby’s temperature, as a fever under 102 is not necessarily cause for alarm.

Consider Infant Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen

Giving your child either ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help reduce the fever. These infant versions work in the same way as the adult versions. Just be sure that you read the label and give the appropriate dose based on age and weight.
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Offer Plenty to Drink

Ensuring your baby stays hydrated is one of the most important things you can do when they have a fever. Offer lots of milk and drinks, such as Pedialyte. Popsicles are also a great treat to give toddlers who aren’t feeling all that well, as well as soup.

Monitor the Fever

A fever alone is not often a cause for concern if it goes away quickly. However, a lingering fever or a fever accompanied by other symptoms should probably warrant a call to your doctor so they can give you expert advice on how your baby is doing.


If you are looking for a top-rated infant daycare or preschool, Shell’s Early Learning Center has locations in Delaware and Maryland. We offer a very small infant-to-teacher ratio, so you can rest assured that your baby is being taken care of. We sanitize our facility daily, so your baby is kept safe from illnesses. To get started, contact us for enrollment information today!

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