Body temperature is a measure of how much heat the body makes. A normal body temperature is 37°C.
The body usually keeps its temperature within a safe range. But a newborn's body may not be able to do this for several days to weeks. This is more common with premature babies.
Often, a high or low temperature is not a problem. It may mean that your baby is getting used to life outside the womb.
But sometimes it can be a sign of a problem. Your baby may have an infection.
Other things can cause a high or low temperature:
Your doctor will watch your baby carefully to make sure the high or low temperature is not a problem. Your doctor will:
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& David Messenger, MD & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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