Body temperature is the temperature at which all body systems can perform their vital functions efficiently, and the average normal temperature for infants is 37°C.
The temperature ranges from 36.3 degrees Celsius in the early morning and when you wake up, and 37.6 degrees Celsius in the middle of the day and when the child’s effort reaches its maximum.
Normal temperature for infants
The normal range of body temperature varies from one child to another, and in some cases, the child’s body temperature may reach 38 degrees Celsius, as a result of wearing heavy clothes, taking a hot shower, or if the weather is very hot.
As for the newborn, it is known that the body of the newborn child cannot maintain its heat balance in the first weeks of life, as it cools quickly if exposed to a low temperature, and its temperature rises quickly if it is exposed to a high temperature.
It is preferable to measure his temperature to obtain a more accurate result, making sure that he wears appropriate clothes so that he does not feel cold or hot.
Read also How do I act when my baby’s temperature suddenly rises?
When is a baby’s temperature dangerous?
After knowing the normal temperature of infants, an important question must be answered in this regard, which is when is the temperature of the infant dangerous?
Fever is a child’s body temperature that reaches 38 degrees Celsius, in the absence of the previous physiological causes, and mothers always worry that their children will develop a fever.
But the high temperature of the child does not necessarily indicate a risk factor for him, as long as it does not exceed 40 degrees Celsius, some minor diseases may lead to its rise, while some serious diseases do not.
But a high temperature in itself can be dangerous if it exceeds 40 degrees Celsius, and doctors recommend applying lukewarm water compresses from the tap, on certain areas such as the sides of the neck, under the armpits, between the thighs, and on the forehead.
To reduce the child’s body temperature, and if the compresses do not work, it is recommended to put the child in the bathtub for 10 minutes, with the help of the appropriate antipyretic in the appropriate dose for the child’s weight, as well as providing him with abundant amounts of fluids to avoid dehydration.
When should I go to the pediatrician?
You should refer your child to the pediatrician immediately if you notice any of the following conditions in the event that your child’s temperature exceeds the normal temperature for infants
- When a baby under 3 months old has a temperature of 38°C or more.
- When your baby, between three and six months old, has a temperature of 39 degrees Celsius or more.
- The child has a fever for more than 5 days.
- If the child has convulsions.
- If the child is very tired or sleeps for long periods with difficulty in waking up.
- If the child has abdominal pain, or loss of appetite.
- The presence of other symptoms accompanying the fever, and having some skin diseases such as skin spots or difficulty breathing, constant crying, vomiting or diarrhea, or indicating pain in the throat, head or ear.