All mamas make mistakes. If you're a mama claiming to never have made a mistake; one, I don't believe you,...
All mamas make mistakes. If you're a mama claiming to never have made a mistake; one, I don't believe you, not even a little. And two, get over it. We all make mistakes. One major typical mistake that mamas make is missing the fact that their baby has a fever. Why? Babies often don't feel warm, when in fact they may have a fever. Sometimes a baby's head won't get warm (which is where we all feel for fever) but their little tummy or their feet may be hot. In some cases there won't be any part of your baby that actually feels overly warm, but that doesn't mean he'd fever-free. When this happens:  You know when you get that gut feeling that your baby is sick, but he doesn't feel warm, and you don't want to overreact or freak, so you downplay the situation? This is a prime example of when you should take your baby's temperature. Why fever is an important marker to diagnose:  Fever is a huge deal in small children and babies. A fever of 100.4 plus can mean infection. A fever can mean an illness is in the works. A fever may mean dehydration is following close behind. If you have to call the pediatrician, they'll almost always ask you, "What's his temperature looked like today." This is good info to have on hand. There are plenty of reasons to take your baby's fever, when your gut tells you to. What to do:  If your gut tells you that your baby might be sick, if your baby just isn't himself, it's so much better to be safe than sorry. Take a rectal temperature in young babies (under the age of 2 years). If you're squeamish, take an ear temperature, but know that they're not as accurate as a rectal temp in a baby. Have you ever though your baby was sick, but didn't want to seem overly protective?

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