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Baby’s temperature

Baby’s temperature

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The normal temperature of a healthy infant varies between 36–37°C. A slight rise in temperature may be due to a cold or a mild digestive upset. The baby’s general appearance and behaviour is your guide.

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

  • If he is feverish and looks ill, consult your doctor. In the meantime, do not overheat your baby with too many clothes and blankets. Leave him uncovered until you have received advice.
  • Convulsions due to high temperature are not likely to occur within the first year of life. The most common age for convulsions is between 18 months and three years.
  • In the first year, a baby may be ill with or without a temperature.
  • Watch his feeding pattern – he usually refuses to eat if ill.
  • When a temperature develops, encourage him to take liquids.

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