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Running high temperature, can the baby be breast fed?, dry cough. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   Dr. my sister's baby is 10 days old
Doctor :   Please proceed with your query.
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   My sister has a slightly higher temperature. Today we had the naming ceremony in our house and it was a day of hectic activity
User :   We suspect it might be a fever but still not sure
User :   Is it ok to feed the baby if she has fever
User :   not with a thermomoeter
Doctor :   Ok was the temperature checked.
User :   but just sensing her neck and forehead by hand
Doctor :   Breast feeding can actually be continued, mild fever is no contraindication.
User :   She had dry cough and it had developed into a fever after the day's activity
User :   The worry is will the baby also be affected?
Doctor :   Ok not a problem that might be throat infection, she can breastfed the baby.
Doctor :   She has to take some precautions.
User :   precautions like?
User :   ok
Doctor :   Cough away from the baby, washing hands before touching the baby will help.
User :   i'll measure the temperature now. But incase the temperature gets higher during the night would it still be safe to breast feed the baby?
Doctor :   If mother is having continuous fever she can also be treated with antipyretics and antibiotics.
Doctor :   She can breastfed even if she has fever.
User :   The baby will not be affected?
User :   ok. Thank you doctor
Doctor :   Baby is not usually affected from simple fever.
User :   No. Thabk you and see you later
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Is there anything I may assist you.
Doctor :   Ok bye.
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