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  • Things not to do when a child has a fever
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The increase of the body temperature in a child is a warning sign to all mothers. Lower the fever of a baby may seem like a simple task to accomplish, however, is not as easy as it seems. As usually in moments of despair we make some mistakes.

Things not to do when a child has a fever

  • Do not take the temperature with your hands

One of the most common mistakes made by parents is to take the baby's temperature with the hand, this is totally wrong, it is ideal to measure the temperature with a thermometer.

  • You shouldn't always take temperature in the armpits

Babies that are a month old, normally they will take the temperature under your armpit, but some specialists ensure that, this practice marks a half-degree more. Do it for the rectal is the most secure way.

  • If your child has a high temperature not swim

The mixing of water with the temperature of the body may cause the infant a seizure. If you decide to shower the baby, make sure it's with warm water and the bath is not more than 15 minutes.

  • Not to place a compress of cold water

Never put cold compresses on the feet or hands of babies. The most advisable thing is to place warm water.

  • Do not give medication to the baby without a doctor's prescription

It is important for all mothers to follow the indications of the pediatrician. Give any medication the child may bring side effects.

  • Don't pass up the time of the medication

If the pediatrician indicates medications such as ibuprofen for the fever, it is essential that you provide at the time prescribed.


  • If your baby goes to 39 degrees, go immediately to the doctor.
  • It is important that you carry some equipment such as thermometers. Especially if the way to the hospital is long.
  • Febrile seizures can be caused by a high temperature, make sure to go by controlling the temperature of the child while you arrive at the hospital.
Read also: How to lower the fever of a baby?

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