To give my baby calpol for a temp of 37.6?

(15 Posts)
honeytea Sat 06-Apr-13 17:35:16

I am a new mum so I may well be being silly.

DS is 15 weeks old, he has been a bit ill on and off for a couple of days, he has been pooing more often than normal (normal is once every 4 days, now he is pooing 5/6 times a day and it has sometimes been green) he also has been coughing a couple of times an hour, it sounds like a little fake cough but I think he is too young to fake it.

His temp is 37.6, should I give him calpol? He seems to be very happy and calm today, he has been feeding and sleeping as usual and has lots of wet nappies.

He was very ill with rs virus at 5 weeks and since then I have been super worried about him getting ill.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 06-Apr-13 17:36:52

That's a normal temperature. Step away from the calpol, your baby doesn't need it. Sounds like he's coming down with a cold/tummy bug though so keep an eye on things.

infamouspoo Sat 06-Apr-13 17:37:38

to be honest during the day I leave temperatures. Its the body's way of fighting off illness and is a good thing. At night if they are uncomfortable then I would use something to make them comfy so they can sleep.

That wouldn't be very hot for DD but she runs hot. If he is happy and calm, I think it's more about you wanting to 'do' something than him being ill. Have you spoken to the HV or GP about your anxiety about illness?

insancerre Sat 06-Apr-13 17:38:54

No, he is feeding and sleeping normally and doesn't need calpol.
Maybe some fresh air might be better?

mummymeister Sat 06-Apr-13 17:39:05

agree with the others this is not a temp and doesnt warrant calpol. teething try teething granules. if warm during the day then just keep him cool. you are not being silly you are being caring.

GraceSpeaker Sat 06-Apr-13 17:39:53

If his temperature were more than 39, he'd be classed as having a fever, according to the BBC health pages. Green poo isn't anything to worry about on its own - have you changed his food recently? I've always been told that if a baby's eating and producing wet/dirty nappies, he/she is fine.

However, if you're concerned, Calpol's not going to do any harm. As ever, if you think he's ill, you probably want to get him checked by a GP to be sure.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 06-Apr-13 17:43:45

Temperatures do change throughout the day if this helps. smile A normal range is 36.5 to 37.5. 0.1 over isn't a huge temperature and doesn't usually need calpol, especially as he's happy otherwise. Keep an eye on his nappies if he has a runny tum though, he can get dehydrated very quickly. Signs to watch out for are dry nappies and a sunken fontenelle.

honeytea Sat 06-Apr-13 17:48:52

Thanks so much for the advice! I am holding off with the calpol for now.

I did speak to the hv about my anxieties but she said it was normal and hormones are there to make you worry about your baby. DS had just been in hospital for a week and I think she felt that was making me more worried. I should speak to her again, all she asked me was do I need someone to come and help me look after ds (which I don't)

Rootvegetables Sat 06-Apr-13 17:51:36

It's a little warmer where we are today, he could maybe need a layer off he's as bundled up as yesterday. See if that cools him down a bit

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 06-Apr-13 17:52:34

It's your first baby and he's been unwell, you're bound to be worried. brew It's because you care, it's not because of hormones!

Brices Sat 06-Apr-13 17:53:35

Well I would, low grade pyrexia combined with a cough. Always gonna be somebody saying yes!

honeytea Sat 06-Apr-13 18:12:55

It has been really really hot today, he was juts in a nappy because it is easier for him to practise rolling with less clothes on smile

I am wondering if the teething=warm baby and extra poos?

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 06-Apr-13 18:14:04

It can do smile Do you have something for him to bite on?

DoodleAlley Sat 06-Apr-13 18:21:58

Honestly I'm always cautious with temperatures.

As said above by one poster,, anything over 37.5 is a high temp and the NHS website says to contact a dr if they are over 38 degrees and under three months. But thats notti say you xant contact them before if you are worried.

Now I've noticed with DS that his temp gets higher towards the end of the day and so, heading towards night when I can watch him less I would medicate.

If you're concerned give NHS direct a call. Better safe than sorry.

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