Babies and Body Temperature
Babies are very sensitive and delicate beings. As such, their bodies are prone to many changes on a daily basis. Parents usually get very worried when their baby suffers from an increased body temperature. However, even though this is a reason for concern and should be looked into as soon as possible, there is no room for panic.
Namely, physical activity, emotions, thick clothing, room temperature and many other factors may increase the baby's body temperature, without jeopardizing their health. Moreover, babies tend to undergo variations in their body temperature during the day, and parents, as well as caretakers, need to be aware of this.
Nevertheless, there are certain limits to these, normal, temperature variations. Unfortunately, sometimes, a sudden increase or decrease of body temperature may be a bad sign.
Optimal Baby Body Temperature
Your baby is likely to have a lower temperature as soon as he/she wakes up in the morning. However, it is bound to rise a bit after the baby is fed. Yet, 36 degrees Celsius or 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is considered normal and optimal. One or two degree variation can be tolerated, if the conditions the baby is in justify them.
A Cause for Concern
Babies almost never have low body temperature. Thus, usually, this is a bad sign. So, be aware and react timely if you notice that the baby's temperature has dropped below 96 degrees Fahrenheit. This could indicate an infection or, possibly, organ dysfunction.
On the other hand, if your baby feels warm to the touch, or shows some strange symptoms of a health condition you are to react as soon as possible. Everything above 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit is considered to be too high. Additionally, if the baby is vomiting, crying, lacking appetite, or kicking, you may need to take him/her to the doctor's.
Using an ear probe is the best method for measuring your baby's body temperature. Even though a high temperature is a sign of your baby's body fighting an infection or some kind of a disease, you can seek medical opinion, making sure your baby is safe. Additionally, know that teething and environmental changes may also lead to an increase in body temperature.
All in all, temperature variations are common with babies. However, these should be monitored instead of ignored. You need to pay attention to the symptoms going hand-in-hand with the fevers and react in case of any complications or signs of situation getting worse.