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Fever and cold

Whats a fever for a 5 month old and how do i treat a cold? Thanks.

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Asked by MissMamaAshley at 4:51 PM on Jan. 4, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Anything over the above 98 is a fever. Anything over 101.5 is time to go to the ER or call your pediatrician. The way you treat it is giving motrin or tylenol. You can also uncover the baby so that the natural environment around them lowers their temp, luke warm baths and thats about it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:57 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

  • I believe anything over 99 is a fever. Let it run it's corse if it doesn't get too high. That's the body's way of killing whatever germies are in there. Also, for a cold, mix up some luke warm salt water, put a drop or two up his nose with the blue bulby thing, then suck it out.

    Answer by Autumn22 at 5:22 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

  • babies run high fevers, fevers are a bodys natural defence to a cold. alternate between baby motrin and tylenol.use a humidifer and some baby vicks. saline soultion with a bulb syringe worksfor a runny nose good too.

    Answer by jbirchard at 5:57 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

  • Babies do indeed run higher fevers than older children and adults. Our pediatrician told us that for an infant anything over 103 is reason for concern. It is not safe however for a child to run a high fever for more than 24 hours.

    Answer by happyathomemum at 6:09 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

  • Call and check with your pediatrician on how he wants you to handle the fever. An elevated temp is anything up to 101.5 and it's not recommended (by our pediatrician) to give anything then....if it raises, then give Tylenol (or if they can take it, Motrin...alternating if necessary) (anything up to 99.9 is considered to actually be normal)

    If the fever hits about 103 then he has us bring them in if we can't control it with Tylenol.


    Answer by TiccledBlue at 6:15 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

  • Treating a cold....

    Elevate the head of the bed to aid in drainage.

    Run a steam or cool mist humidifier to help break up (or keep loose) the congestion.

    Turn your bathroom into a sauna...suction with a snot sucker if you can.

    At diaper changes, use Ayr (or another saline nasal drop) to help loosen it up and suction as you can.

    Give Tylenol for discomfort (watch the dosage)

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 6:17 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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