Hi mummies and Daddies…
A very large proportion of parents of young children have concerns regarding their child i.e., Are they healthy …. As the immune system of kids is still developing and not maybe as strong as adults. Thus, it becomes very important for the parents to take care of the kid, especially during flu season.
Fever in babies is a very common concern among parents of kids. Most parents get worried about the hot forehead of their baby. But when the body temperature appears normal and the child seems healthy having a hot forehead. Then the parents are left in a state of confusion plus a building pile of worries on them. If you are one of them then you need to worry and panic, all your doubts will be rightfully cleared.
Why My Baby Has Hot Forehead Though Not Having Fever?
Little babies with underdeveloped thermoregulation systems are not able to regulate their heat production and sustain it 37degree Celcius as in adults. Moreover, body fat in babies is very low with more water and the skin is also not fully developed. The combined effect of all these factors makes the baby hot and cold very fast than adults. Therefore, any source of heat or cold placed near the kid may alter the body temperature of the kid.
Here are some things that may be held responsible for the hot forehead of the baby…
1. Human Perception
The body temperature is distributed uniformly, your perception of it might differ depending upon which surface was in with the baby. Suppose the baby was lying down then the back of the head might feel warm due to the poor ventilation. Again this perception may be influenced by the temperature of your hand. For example, if your hands are cold then the temperature of the baby might feel warmer to touch.
2. Playful Activities
When babies are in a mood to play they usually get too excited and start in every possible direction. Such high spirited activities cause an increase in blood circulation to the head raising its temperature.
3. Brain Development
The development rate of the brain is at its peak in babies. At this stage, the activities of the neurons are at the summit. This may be responsible for the warm forehead.
4. Teething In Babies
Teething is the process by which a baby’s teeth break through the gums. Symptoms of teething include irritability, swollen gums, and a warm forehead which is a normal response of the body.
5. Warm Clothes
Parents tend to cover or wrap their kids in warm clothes all over the year so that they are safe from catching a cold. Now, the fabric of the clothes tends to trap hot air inside them and resists the cold air from outside. This raises the overall body temperature of the kid leaving him/her with a hot forehead but without any symptoms of fever.
6. Surrounding temperature
The temperature of the surroundings in which the baby is , plays a very important role. The human body adjusts its temperature depending upon the temperature outside. For most of us, the body temperature increases if the atmosphere around us is hot. If the baby is kept in a hot atmosphere or suddenly bought outside from an air-conditioned room to a hot room.
7. Intense Crying
Extreme crying of babies tends to increase the body temperature of babies. It might also lead to a reddish face and hot forehead of the baby. This increase in the temperature of the baby is due to stress or anxiety which will fade off once the baby is calmed.
8. It Could Be Normal
Depending upon the age of your baby, you are likely touching the fontanelle, the squishy spaces between the different bone plates of the skull. So you could quite literally be touching the brain and the web of tissues, vessels that surround the brain. As the brain has some of our warmest blood supply, it tends to feel warm.
How To Differentiate If Head Is Warm Normally Or Due to Fever?
You may be confused about whether it is normally warm or a case of fever, be sure to mark the difference. Most people have pretty warm heads. Our head is provided with one of the richest blood supplies in our body, along with which comes hot blood. As blood travels around our bodies tend to cool off a bit which is why our extremities get cold. Babies of course are no different and like adults, they all lose a great deal of heat from their heads. As it has some of our warmest blood supply it also has all these small little veins that feed blood all over our brain, this is why our head sweats when we get warm. As it is fighting the internal temp as well as outside temp. However, by the time our body is done feeding that blood to our brain, it drops a bit in temp. If he seems normally responsive hand happy, then there is nothing to worry about. On the other hand, when there is a fever the whole body of the baby is hot with the baby showing symptoms of it as the baby will be lethargic and look uncomfortable.
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Things You Should Prevent As An Parent?
1. Make sure the baby wears soft cotton clothes when the weather outside is pleasant. And do not wrap the baby in laminated fabrics or anything that has layers of plastic wrapping.
2. Keep the baby hydrated, ensure you feed the baby with milk/water regularly.
3. Make sure the room temperature of the baby is not too hot or too cold.
4. Don’t keep the baby under direct sunlight for long hours.
5. Teething in babies leads to a warm head. If you observe your baby’s head is hot and sweaty due to teething, you could give him/her a baby teether.
6. It is strictly recommended to feed the baby only with the mother’s milk.
7. Avoid covering the head of the baby until the weather is cool.
8. Make sure the baby’s head area is ventilated when he/she is lying in the bed.
How To Cool The Baby’s head?
1. Castor Oil
Massage baby’s scalp with castor oil especially on the softest region. It is believed that castor oil has a cooling effect.
2. Room Temperature
Maintaining a safe room temperature for your baby is important as it cuts the chances of overheating as well as overcooling of the baby. Being too hot resulting from a high-temperature setting or sleeping under a heavy blanket can cause sweating at night. This can be uncomfortable and wake up the baby.
3. Keep Your Kid Hydrated
Kids are more prone to dehydration than adults because their bodies are less effective at perspiring and produce more heat during physical exertion. Thus hydrating your kid will keep him/her healthy.
A hot head or forehead happens normally too but if it stays for long hours and you sense weird behavioral changes in the kid, then you consult a doctor. Otherwise, your champ is healthy and then there is no need to panic. Hope the article was helpful. Your valuable feedback will be appreciated.