One of the scariest things I’ve experience so far as a new mommy is the infant fever. It’s so scary when your baby’s temperature keeps going up and up and up. Especially when all she wants to do is lay around on mommy and sleep. They are so small and little and they cannot tell you what is wrong, or what feels bad. That is what I went through yesterday. It seems like we go through this at least once or twice a week, and have been going through this for the past few weeks.
We spent most of yesterday running a fever, even while on motrin, and lying around on mommy. It was heartbreaking watching her. All she wanted was to be held. After a few calls to the doctor’s office we started alternating between motrin and tylenol, and finally we were able to get the fever under control. I’m happy to report that today Lexie is doing much and has not been running a fever today. Here’s hoping that this fever business is over and stays away for a long time.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, my advice and experiences in no way replace that of a doctor visit. If you have questions about treating your child you should always consult your doctor or pediatrician.
That said, here is what I did that worked for us with Lexie’s fever:
- I let Lexie run around in just her diaper. It seemed like every time I put a shirt or a onsie on her that it would cause her temperature to rise. So I just kept the house a comfortable warm and let her go in the diaper.
- Cool wet/damp wash cloth. I kept a cool, not cold) damp wash cloth that I would wipe Lexie’s face down with every now and then. When she was napping I’d let the wash cloth rest on her forehead. That seemed to help quite a bit. She was fine with it on her face….not so much when I tried to cool her back down….so we only tried that once.
- Alternating motrin and tylenol. After speaking with the doctor I was told that I could give Lexie a round of motrin and then two or three hours later give her some tylenol and continue to alternate with the motrin. Lexie continued to run a fever even while she was on the motrin, adding the tylenol into the mix definitely helped get her fever down and kept it down. (A note on the motrin, you should not give infant motrin to a baby under the age of 6 months. As always you should consult your baby’s doctor before you medicate your baby).
- When Lexie only wanted to be held I got worried that my body heat was keeping her temperature up and causing it increase. So I had her laying on a pillow on my lap. That at least kept me from adding my body heat to her. Plus I think the pillow may be more comfortable for her.
I’d love to hear from others on what you do to help your little ones feel more comfortable when they are running a fever.