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We made it. My newborn daughter is 8 weeks old. As many of you know, this is the pivotal point when your child is able to go out and about with less worry. If she gets a fever it’s 104, not 100.4 that you look for. Big difference.
If she gets a fever it no longer means an automatic trip to the emergency room for a full workup (including spinal tap.) Whew!
My shoulders are relaxing as I think about this milestone. This means I can worry a tad less.
About four weeks ago, when my baby was only 4 weeks old, she had a temperature of 99.3. This started to scare me. What did she have? Why did she feel hot? Would her temperature turn into a fever?
We called the pediatrician’s triage after hours number to find out what to do? We were reminded that if the temperature spikes to 100.4 to take her to the emergency room. My body tensed as we took her temperature and continued to monitor her throughout the weekend, hoping and praying that her temperature wouldn’t get any higher. I didn’t want to end up in the ER having to stand by while the doctors poked and prodded my precious little angel. Luckily, her temperature never got higher than 99.3.
So, now that she’s had her shots and made it to the comfort zone of “regular baby” vs. “newborn, can’t go anywhere, baby” I can relax … now I just need to keep the swine flu away from my family!