A fever is a symptom that could be due to a host of infections. Fevers come when there is heat in the body. This heat is generated when the body`s natural defence mechanism fights the disease producing germs that are in the system. But a fever above 100 degrees needs medical attention and so does any temperature that lasts for more than two days.
What you should do:
- Learn to measure your baby`s temperature
- Always ask your paediatrician about fever medication according to the baby`s weight, so that you can use it in case of an emergency.
Consider yourself lucky if your child is over 2 years old and has never run into ear infections. Most children suffer from ear infections at least once, by the time they are two. Your child might wake up screaming at the top of her voice and you can suspect an ear infection, if she is crying and continues to touch her ears. If left untreated, it may lead to perforation of the eardrum, scarring and finally loss of hearing. So act quickly and have it treated. Your doctor might suggest a dose of antibiotics, painkillers and fever medication.