How to check for a fever without a thermometer?

You can check your baby’s temperature without using a thermometer.

To do this, you can gently check your baby’s forehead, temple area, and forehead crease. You can also use an eyedropper to check the back of the baby’s neck.

If your baby’s temperature is higher than normal, you may see signs of a fever such as:

  • A red, hot, or flushed skin around the eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • A flaky, red rash on the skin.
  • An increase in mucus production or runny nose.
  • Dry mouth, or mouth ulcers.
  • A fast or irregular heartbeat or breathing problems.

If you’re concerned about your baby’s fever, talk with your doctor.

How can I tell if my baby is getting enough sleep?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep from 8 to 11 hours a day.

Babies that sleep well are less likely to be irritable, tired, and fussy.

If your baby is sleeping less than 8 hours a day, their immune system will be less able to fight off infections. This can lead to an increased risk of certain illnesses.

It’s important to make sure your baby has the right amount of rest. If your baby is falling asleep too easily, you can try:

  • Setting a bedtime for the first few months of life.
  • Setting a bedtime for your baby’s second birthday.
  • Setting a bedtime for your baby’s first birthday.

If your baby is sleeping more than 11 hours a day, they may:

  • Be irritable and fussy
  • Be likely to have digestive problems
  • Not be able to keep up with their developmental and physical milestones
  • Not be as alert and active as they should be

If you’re concerned that your baby is not getting enough sleep, talk with your doctor.

What can I do to make my baby sleep through the night?

Babies usually need to sleep for about 8 hours at a time. If you’re having trouble getting your baby to sleep through the night, here are some tips:

  • Use special pillows to support your baby’s back, neck, and head.
  • Place your baby on a firm mattress.
  • Limit your baby’s naps to 30 minutes or less.

If you’re having trouble sticking to the bedtime routine and you can’t seem to get your baby to settle down, talk with your doctor.

A nighttime routine can help your baby:

  • Go to bed at a regular time
  • Wake up at a regular time
  • Get up at a regular time
  • Go to sleep on their own

When should I call my baby’s doctor?

If your baby is sick or has a fever, call your baby’s doctor.

It’s important to call your baby’s doctor if you’re concerned about your baby’s symptoms.

Your doctor can help you find out if your baby has a fever and the best way to treat it.

Also, call your baby’s doctor if your baby:

  • Has a high fever (greater than 104 F or 40.4 C)
  • Has a high body temperature (greater than 99 F or 37 C)
  • Has a rash
  • Has diarrhea
  • Has a cough
  • Has difficulty breathing
  • Has a high or low heart rate (less than 60 or more than 100 bpm)

You can also ask your doctor when you should call the doctor if your baby’s symptoms do not improve.

Do not hesitate to call your baby’s doctor if your baby’s symptoms change or get worse.

What should I know about my baby’s vaccines?

All babies should receive vaccines at least at 2 months of age.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies receive the following vaccines:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP) vaccine
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Polio (paralytic polio) vaccine

If you have questions about the vaccines your baby needs, talk with your doctor.

You may also be able to find the vaccine schedule for your area using the Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) database.

Should I give my baby iron or folic acid?

Your doctor may recommend iron supplements for your baby to help prevent iron deficiency anemia.

Your doctor may also recommend folic acid for your baby. Folic acid is a synthetic version of the B vitamin folate.

If your baby has a vitamin B deficiency, folic acid can help prevent this condition.

Folic acid can also help prevent certain neural tube defects such as spina bifida.

If you have questions about iron or folic acid, talk with your doctor.

What can I do to make my baby feel better?

Many of the symptoms that make your baby feel sick can be treated at home.

These include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Stuffy nose

Here are some tips for making yourself and your baby feel better:

  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough fluids.
  • Try hot tea or broth if your baby has diarrhea.
  • Keep your baby hydrated until their symptoms pass.
  • Keep your baby’s head elevated as much as possible.

If your child is getting a lot of fluids, try giving them an oral rehydration solution. This is a safe and effective way to prevent dehydration.

Can I prevent my baby from getting sick?

If you have a cold or the flu, it can be hard to prevent your baby from getting sick, but there are things you can do to help.

Here are some tips:

  • Make sure your baby is getting enough sleep.
  • Make sure your baby’s room is clean.


Talk with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your baby’s health.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has lots of great resources on the internet.

You can find these resources here:

  • AAP Resource Library
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Children’s Hospital Association (CHAP)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

If you’re in the Atlanta area, you can also connect with us at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for more information on our pediatric cardiology program.

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