What Can I Do for My Baby’s Fever?

Fever in babies.

Oh, the joys of parenting! Just when you think you’ve got this baby thing down, a fever pops up, and suddenly, you’re feeling like a rookie all over again. Don’t fret! Fevers are a common part of childhood and are usually the body’s way of fighting off infections. 

Here’s a down-to-earth guide on how to manage your baby’s fever without losing your cool.

Understanding Fever in Babies

First things first, let’s get to grips with what a fever actually is. For adults, our normal temperature hovers around 98.6°F (37°C). For babies, anything above a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) is considered a fever.

Common Causes of Fever in Babies-

  • Viral Infections: Think of the common cold, flu, or other pesky viral infections.
  • Bacterial Infections: Ear infections, urinary tract infections, or bacterial meningitis.
  • Teething: Sometimes, those little teeth breaking through can cause a mild fever. Who knew teething was such a hot topic?
  • Immunizations: Some babies might run a temperature after getting their shots. It’s their body’s way of saying, “Hey, something’s happening here!”

Fevers in babies are like tiny detectives, giving us clues about what’s going on inside their little bodies. It’s like their own version of ‘Guess the Villain,’ and it’s our job to play detective and figure out who or what is causing the mischief.

Little baby smiling toothless smile.
Believe it or not, teething can cause fever in most babies.

What Can You Do?

So, your little one is running a temperature, and you’re wondering, “What on earth can I do to help?” Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered!

Monitor the Temperature

Alright, let’s get personal (but in a respectful way, of course!). The most accurate way to measure your baby’s temperature, especially for those under three months old, is with a rectal thermometer. Remember to use a dab of petroleum jelly on the tip for smoother sailing.

If you’re not a fan of the backdoor approach, a temporal artery thermometer can be swiped across your baby’s forehead for a quick and easy read.

Keep Your Baby Comfortable

Think of your baby as a tiny diva (or divo) who likes to be pampered. Dress them in lightweight clothing and keep the room temperature just right – not too hot, not too cold, but just like Goldilocks would like it.

And don’t forget the fluids! Whether you’re breastfeeding or using formula, hydration is key to keeping your little one feeling tip-top.

Little baby in the comfort of the blanket.
Keeping your baby comfortable during fever is quite a challenge for all mommies.

Use Fever-Reducing Medications

When it comes to medication, think of it as a last-minute invitation to a party – it’s not always necessary, but sometimes it can really help. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is suitable for babies over two months old, while ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) can be given to babies over six months. Always double-check the dosage based on your baby’s weight and consult with a pediatrician if you’re unsure.

Provide Comfort and Soothing

Now, let’s talk comfort. Cuddle, cuddle, cuddle! There’s nothing like a bit of TLC to make everything seem better. A lukewarm bath can also work wonders to bring down a fever, but please, no ice baths or alcohol rubs – we’re aiming for comfort, not a baby-sized polar plunge.

When to Seek Medical Attention

Okay, here comes the serious part. If your baby’s fever is playing a never-ending game of ‘Beat the Clock’ or if they’re showing other worrying symptoms like difficulty breathing, persistent vomiting, or even febrile seizures, it’s time to hit the panic button (metaphorically, of course) and call your pediatrician.

Little girl with her pediatrician.
If you notice any concerning symptoms in your baby’s behavior, it’s crucial to contact your pediatrician.


So, there you have it! Managing your baby’s fever doesn’t have to be a nightmarish ordeal. With a bit of monitoring, some good old-fashioned comfort, and timely medical intervention when needed, you’ll be back to your regular parenting superhero self in no time.

And remember, when in doubt, always consult with a pediatrician. Because let’s face it, parenting is a wild ride, and it’s always better to have a professional navigator on board. Stay cool, stay calm, and remember, this too shall pass!