When your little one has a cold or a fever, self-care may be the last thing on your mind. You want to be there for your little one, and you may be worried because fever in newborns can be quite tricky. But of course, your energy is limited too, and after the second or third night with little to no sleep, you may feel drained. So what can you do to make sure you won’t collapse when your little one needs you?
Understand when a fever is dangerous
Fever in newborns can be quite tricky. If your baby is under 3 months old and has a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher, call the doctor immediately. If your baby is between 3-6 months old, call your doctor when their temperature is 102 degrees F or up.
- Call your doctor when you’re worried
Are you worried about your little one, but not sure if there’s really something serious going on? Don’t hesitate and call your doctor. Especially if you’re new to parenthood, they will understand your worries and make sure your baby is okay.
- Share your worries with a friend or family member
When you’re alone with your baby, your thoughts may cause you to go off your rocker. It can help to call a friend or family member — preferably one with a child — and share your worries. Maybe they can babysit for an hour or two, so you can take a little nap. But even if they can’t It really helps to share your concerns and talk to someone who understands you.
- Take a bit of downtime when your husband is at home
Maybe you can ask him to take care of your newborn so you can take a walk. Or take a long bath or shower. When you can share the load, you’ll feel lighter and won’t feel like you have to do it on your own.
Make sure you have an accurate thermometer in your medicine cabinet, so you’re prepared when your little one is under the weather.
Our TMT-215Green will come in handy for accurate forehead measurements for babies up to 6 months. For older babies, you can also use the ear mode.
To make your life as a parent even easier, the TMT-215Green has a silent mode, so you can take your baby’s temp while he’s asleep. And it comes with an object mode, so you can also use it to measure the temperature of your baby’s room, bottle or bath.