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Your Baby’s First Fever: The Symptoms and Solutions

By Meredith Carroll |

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Even though a fever can simply mean the body is fighting an infection, when it's happening to your baby, it can be scary

When I was little and feeling ill, my mom would simply touch her lips to my forehead and know instantly if I had a fever. I thought she was magic. Turns out all moms have this magic.

I know when my girls have fevers by putting my lips to their foreheads, too. When you spend the bulk of your days with a baby in your arms, a rising body temperature actually isn’t too difficult to detect.

However, gauging how high a fever is, and how to treat it depending on the age of the baby can seem a daunting task. Here are some tips on how to measure and treat a fever in your baby:

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Fevers in Infants: Symptoms and Treatments

Is a fever so bad?

Despite the initial reaction of most parents, a fever can actually be a good thing. After all, it usually means the body is trying to fight off an infection. Let it fight! Infection begone! But as good as it might be, a fever doesn’t mean you should necessarily do nothing.
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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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