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Baby's First Fever! Is this a myth?

My daughter is 14 months. She has a temperature of 101.7.

Is it true that you're supposed to dress a baby in warm clothes when they have a fever to kill the virus?

I'm getting both answers. Some people say dress baby lightly, others say bundle up baby.

Does anybody know which one is true?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:00 AM on Mar. 20, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

Answers (12)
  • Dress normally...according to the weather. Try motrin, works like a charm.

    Answer by LimoMOM5 at 2:01 AM on Mar. 20, 2009

  • NO, dress her in something light, like a onesie and alternate tylenol and motrin every four to six hours. Don't wrap her in any thing fleecey or heavy until her fever starts to break (she'll start sweating). Make sure she is drinking water or pedialyte or bottles too. She may not feel like eating but she needs to drink at least because little guys are at higher risk for dehydration. If she's not any better by morning, call your MD and see if they can see her. Heavy clothing will hold in her body heat and raise the temp.

    Answer by cjbj08 at 2:09 AM on Mar. 20, 2009

  • A fever is a sign that her body is already fighting the virus so dressing her in heavy warm clothing will just raise it and make her feel more like crap.

    Answer by cjbj08 at 2:11 AM on Mar. 20, 2009

  • well i am pregnat but my friends baby had a fever and she called an on call nurse and the nurse told her to wrap a warm blanket around her and let her sweat the fever off or giver her a warm bath and that helps too hope this helps u.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:12 AM on Mar. 20, 2009

  • If a child's temperature gets too high (104-106) that can send them into febrile convulsions. Dress your baby lightly but not too light. Motrin and lots of love.


    Answer by KaceesMom at 2:17 AM on Mar. 20, 2009

  • OMG dress lightly...Not to light.
    And do no let the baby sweat it out in warm clothes....the baby will fry.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:21 AM on Mar. 20, 2009

  • You want to cool your toddler off, not make her warmer!

    If you've had good luck with Motrin before, it can be given. We have to stick with Tylenol here because Motrin makes my older two sick. (puke)

    Now, for a baby, however (since you mention baby and a 14 month old) I'd call the pediatrician and see at what temperature they want to see the baby. For ours, it depended if it was a younger baby or an older baby (over 6 months).

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 7:17 AM on Mar. 20, 2009

  • Oh...and you don't bundle a baby, either. The goal is still to help them cool, not warm them up more.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 7:18 AM on Mar. 20, 2009

  • Im totally suprised no one has told you to give her a bath yet...warm but not too cold, or too hot. or just wipe her down with a cool cloth. Motrin definately, infant motrin of course not adult. I wouldnt bundle her up, but dress her as you normally would, maybe a little lighter. If the fever persists or goes higher call her doctor. Good luck hope she's feelin better soon.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:45 AM on Mar. 20, 2009

  • Fever is the bodies natural defense so don't suppress it with Motrin unless it starts creeping up to about 103. Also just dress her as you normally would. If she is feeling chilled then give her a blanket, but don't dress her warmer unless she acts like she is chilled (also the bodies natural defense). Let the body do what it needs to do and the virus will be gone faster!

    Answer by aeneva at 7:52 AM on Mar. 20, 2009

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