Ways to help treat a fever:
- Give your little one plenty of fluids as a fever will make him sweat so he can easily become dehydrated.
- Keep his skin cool by dressing him in just a nappy and vest, and cover him with a thin cotton sheet.
- Keep his room at a comfy temperature (about 18ºC / 65ºF). Open a window and turn down radiators.
- Offer paracetamol or ibuprofen to bring his temperature down, as directed by your GP or pharmacist.
- Always use a measuring spoon or syringe when giving your tot liquid medicine to make sure the dose is right.
Ways to soothe nappy rash
- Change nappies more frequently, as poo and wee will irritate tender skin.
- Increase bare bottom time. Let your baby kick around without a nappy for a few minutes when you do a change.
- Avoid wipes and scented products. Stick with plain water and cotton wool until the nappy rash heals.
- Dry well, especially in the creases. Apply a thin layer of barrier cream to the skin before putting on a new nappy.
- See your GP if it doesn’t improve after a few days. They can prescribe healing creams or fungal treatments.
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Signs your baby needs a doctor:
- If she has a fever, is vomiting or has diarrhoea, which causes her distress.
- Changes in behaviour, like listlessness, drowsiness or irritability.
- Crying for long periods, or with different pitch or tone to usual, may be indicative of sickness.
- Spots and rashes often accompany viral illness.
- Trust your instincts, as you know your baby best. If you have any concerns always ask for medical advice.