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What to do if your baby has a high fever

I was so happy that our son didn’t have any serious illness during his first year. He didn’t get any antibiotics or any other medicines rater than paracetamol. The only concern was his painful teething. I was thinking that it will be for a long time. I will have happy and healthy baby. But one day changed everything. I will never forget it…

About 10.20 pm my son started crying without any obvious reason. I was really afraid because I couldn’t distract him. He was crying constantly and it doesn’t sound like his normal cry. When I touched his forehead I knew that is something wrong. It was very hot but I didn’t expect it such a high fever. He had 40.3 °C. It was a nightmare. He didn’t want to stop crying and I was doing everything what I could to make him feel better. We gave him a paracetamol but temperature didn’t go down.

We’ve decided to call for 111. They had some problems with computers. It was that day when NHS was hacked (cyberattack). They wanted to send us to hospital which was 3 hours away. My husband was really stressed and nervous. He hanged up and called for 999. He had to answer on so many questions. I could see how angry he was. But I could understand him. He was worrying about his son’s life as so I. We had to wait for ambulance for 2 hours.

So what we did in a meantime?

  • We’ve tried to keep the room well aired.
  • I removed excess clothes and gave him fluids such as water and chamomile tea.
  • My husband placed a cold compress on our baby’s forehead.
  • Also I sang his favorites songs and rocked him in my arms.

Couple minutes before ambulance came he seemed to look better but he still cried.

He was checked by two nice paramedics and they said they don’t see anything serious here. They advised us to go to hospital for next day. Obviously we did it because he still had a temperature. He was checked there as well and again we were advised to go to GP for next day if he will have a fever.

I felt so bad that I couldn’t help my son. I saw how weak he was. He couldn’t walk properly because he was falling down all the time. He wanted to sleep more than normal and he didn’t want to let me go even for 5 seconds.

I couldn’t understand why anyone didn’t send us for urine test. Fortunately after three days and three visits (ambulance, hospital, GP) nurse told us to collect his urine. After one hour we’ve got a call with information that they have a prescription for antibiotic. That was a big relief because we knew that our son had infection and we can give hims something to help him. He was taking it for 7 days and after 3 or 4 he felt much better.

Now I know that such a high temperature in a baby is nothing normal and in most cases it will be infection. Remember to be calm and steady. I know that is hard because I was frightened and for first hour I was panicking. At least now I know what to do but I’m not waiting for next time.

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32 Comments

  • Reply Akamatra

    Our 11 month old daughter had a high fever due to a common virus this winter. I breastfeed her and gave her many baths which helped a lot. Stay calm is the key.

    28 May 2017 at 21:15
  • Reply Shannon

    This is a really helpful list. My baby got the flu a month ago and it was a nightmare keeping his temperature down!

    28 May 2017 at 21:56
  • Reply Corinne & Kirsty

    Must be such a panic when you are a new parents and you have no idea how to deal with the simplest thing! Being a parent must be so hard and stressful! I am sure this will help a lot! xx corinne

    28 May 2017 at 22:01
  • Reply Gina

    Great info for parents. I am sure I would panic if it were me.

    28 May 2017 at 23:08
  • Reply Rosey

    This is a good read. In the heat of the moment (no pun intended) it’s easy to panic if your little one has a high fever! It’s better to know what might be effective to do.

    29 May 2017 at 02:46
  • Reply David Elliott

    I had some issues where my daughter was younger when her temperature spiked even higher than that. I knew what to do. I had a cold bath for my daughter, so that I could bring the temperature down and then cool towels. Aside from liquids it brought down the temperature two degrees and then we went to the hospital.

    29 May 2017 at 03:37
  • Reply Milton Goh

    It’s never normal when a baby has high fever! You are right to prioritize getting it checked out! Glad your little one is fine!

    29 May 2017 at 05:02
  • Reply Molly

    I am glad to hear that you where able to find an antibiotic for your little one. It almost sounds crazy that you had to wait so long to realize and check for a urine sample to see what was wrong.

    29 May 2017 at 06:29
  • Reply Nige

    It’s so difficult when your child is unwell great post Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

    29 May 2017 at 08:41
  • Reply Laura

    If you live so far from help, you need a back up plan. Do they not have an out of hours doctor in your area?

    29 May 2017 at 09:43
    • Reply ohmummymia

      It was Saturday and after 10pm? I even don’t know to be honest. Next day morning we were in hospital for that out of hours but they didn’t help a lot

      29 May 2017 at 20:04
  • Reply Tiffany Meiter

    I cant even imagine how frustrating and scary that was! I am glad he is ok though.

    29 May 2017 at 15:17
  • Reply Elizabeth O.

    I used to panic when the twins would have high fever when they were younger. It was definitely something that I never liked dealing with. I think this is a good guide for new parents.

    29 May 2017 at 19:26
  • Reply mummy here and there

    I remember first expressing this and you could say I went a tat neurotic. Great information for parents X #kcacols

    29 May 2017 at 21:08
  • Reply Michelle

    I can only imagine how scary this would be. This info will help a lot of people

    29 May 2017 at 21:20
  • Reply Ladylebz

    Really helpful advice on what to do. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    29 May 2017 at 21:44
  • Reply Melissa

    I wouldn’t have known what to do in a situation like that. It can definitely be tough when you know something is wrong and you don’t seem to be getting the answers you need to help your little one feel better. Glad to hear everything was okay in the end for you. Thanks for sharing.

    29 May 2017 at 22:04
  • Reply RM

    These are great tips for new parents… I remember how scary it was when my boys spiked high fevers…

    30 May 2017 at 00:38
  • Reply Fashion and Style Police

    Kids having fever scares the hell out of me. My son had this some weeks back.

    30 May 2017 at 07:11
  • Reply Emma me and b make tea

    I really feel for you because our son had a high temp last weekend and we ended up calling 111. it wouldn’t come down and they sent us to out of hours. it ended up most likely being a urine infection. Such a worry though. #KCACOLS

    30 May 2017 at 09:16
  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    When this happened to my eldest, I panicked because i didn’t know what to do. We immediately took her to the hospital and found out she had an infection as well.

    30 May 2017 at 21:55
  • Reply jhilmil

    Cold compress really helps tons! N yes fever calls for more liquid intake. When it happens, I usually get panicked inside looking at the kids face, but then after 2-3days things get much better!

    31 May 2017 at 03:02
  • Reply Leo T. Ly @isaved5k.com

    It’s scary most of the time when my kids have a fever. Sometimes you bring them to the doctor and they tell you to go home and wait a couple of days and come back if the fever persist.
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    31 May 2017 at 03:06
  • Reply Wanderlust Vegans

    Some great points to remember. I think I would just run to the doctor. That is my first response. 😛

    31 May 2017 at 04:54
  • Reply lex

    very nice tips, i have no baby but i have a few friends and neighbours who do and i will share this with them as its perfectly useful…

    31 May 2017 at 14:54
  • Reply Kaylee

    This is an extremely helpful post. I know I myself would be scared if this happened to my child.

    31 May 2017 at 16:52
  • Reply Bernadette Callahan

    Luckily we have only dealt with high fevers a couple of times but sick kids in general can stress any parent out. It is always good to do what you think or feel needs to be done instead of ignoring it and possibly letting things get worse.

    31 May 2017 at 17:53
  • Reply Mummy Snowy Owl

    Fevers are so scary, we’ve had similar experiences and it is so stressful!
    #dreamteam

    31 May 2017 at 23:42
  • Reply Cassie

    How scary for you. Well done for trusting your instincts and persevering to get the help he needed. Fevers can be scary and can cause febrile convulsions. Hope bubs is feeling much better now.

    Thanks for linking up.
    #KCACOLS

    5 June 2017 at 11:27
  • Reply Amy

    I woke my daughter up when she was around 18 mths and she was boiling and couldn’t stay awake, so I called 999. It was tonsillitis and she was fine, but it is so scary! #kcacols
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    5 June 2017 at 16:44
  • Reply Ashlea

    I have been fortunate enough for my son not to have had a too high fever for am extended time. I am liable to rush him to the hospital the first time it does happen though.

    9 June 2017 at 04:26
  • Reply Bridie By The Sea

    Oh this is great advice – I am often too quick to reach for the Calpol if I’m honest but I know I don’t always need to. Thank you for sharing with the #dreamteam x

    11 June 2017 at 20:59
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