American Academy of Pediatrics releases new guidelines for evaluating infant fevers | News

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) — New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics for evaluating fever in infants will help doctors better treat your baby.

The AAP now breaks down recommendations for three age groups for babies:

8 to 21 days old, 22 to 28 days old and 29 to 60 days old.

The AAP says that about 14 out of every 1,000 full-term babies will develop a fever when they are this young.

The fever comes from infections such as urinary tract infections, blood infections, and sometimes a meningitis infection around the brain.

News4 spoke to Dr. Kate Carlson, medical director of Vanderbilt’s primary care pediatric clinic.

She says this will reduce the number of invasive tests some newborns undergo when they have a fever.

“For a long time, we had to test those kids with lumbar punctures because we had no other ways of distinguishing which kids probably have meningitis and which kids don’t,” said Dr. Carlson. “If your baby is behaving sick, they won’t eat – if they’re hot – take their temperature and take it at the bottom. Parents are very uncomfortable with that, but with babies it’s the best way to know their actual temperature. temperature.”

Experts say parents should also call their pediatrician if their baby develops a fever.

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