First Fever

Jax had runny nose and mild fever for the first time today. He is still happy but not as active as usual. It is heartbreaking to see bubba is not well. Jax's First Fever

We took Jax to our family doctor to get him examined. The doctor said there’s nothing serious to worry about and it was just viral. She said to give him children’s Panadol if he started to get upset or unsettled. She also advised me to bring him back in three days if he is still not well because usually the fever can last up to five days or so, my heart begin to pound when I heard that.

We also took Jax to see the Chiropractor after the appoinment with our family doctor. The Chiropractor found lots of tension in Jax’s neck when he adjusted Jax. He also said that Jax is dehydrated.

Jax had a very good sleep after the adjustment and he was sweating away the fever. We checked his temperature when he woke up and we are very happy to see his temperature is already back to normal.

Now I understand that it is important to keep our little ones well hydrated especially on the hot summer days. Jax is a sweaty winter baby especially when I’m nursing him, it looks like he has had a bucket of water dumped over his head. As a high proportion of a baby’s weight is water, so it is essential to keep our little ones well hydrated. Before six months of age, this usually means making sure that baby received plenty of breast milk or formula.

Breast milk is made up of fore-milk, a thin thirst quencher, and hind milk, a thick belly filler. During hot weather, it is important to offer your baby frequent feeds – about every hour. This may seem like a lot, but bear in mind he will only feed for a few minutes, just enough to quench the thirst. Breastfeeding is thirsty business for Mums so, be sure you drink lots of water too! You will need extra water to keep yourself hydrated and to keep your milk supply going strong.

Formula fed babies may need water in addition to formula. Because formula is thick and calorific throughout, you may find your little one is drinking frequently, but overall not having more formula than normal. In this case, try offering cooled boiled water between regular feeds. Start off by offering baby just a little bit of water and often. You do not want to fill your little one up with water, as this will leave less room for formula.

These are the signs of dehydration:
-Your baby has had fewer than six wet nappies in 24 hours or no wet nappy for six hours.
-Baby’s urine is a dark yellow.
-Baby has a sunken fontanelle, dry mouth and/or seems lethargic (severe dehydration).

Water is such an important component in the human body, in fact our body is made up of 75% water. Remember to keep yourself and your little one hydrated!

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