The normal temperature for newborn babies is generally lower than that of your own body at rest. Your own body’s temperature normally ranges from ninety to a little below ninety degrees Fahrenheit with an occasional rise in the winter and fall in the summer. Your baby’s temperature tends to drop a bit in the first week or so, but will return to its normal range after about a week or so. You can keep track of your baby’s temperature during this period by placing a thermometer in their mouth to keep tabs on the temperature.
When you visit your local pediatrician, he or she may take your newborn’s temperature and examine it under the mirror. If your infant’s temperature does not fall into the normal range, then there could be an underlying cause. Many potential causes of low temperature include respiratory infection, respiratory distress such as asthma, food allergies, and some forms of hypoglycemia. If your child is suffering from one of these conditions then your child’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) doctor will be able to tell you if your child needs to have any additional tests or examinations to determine the cause of his or her condition.
One thing that all parents should know is that your newborn should never be left alone in the room if they are not having a good night’s sleep. Even if they are huddle-diving and having a great time, the risk of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is very high. Even if your child shows no signs of being tired, hungry, dirty, or having gas, you should not leave them alone. If an emergency arises – and most infants do – then contact your local emergency medical services and bring your baby along with you. There are many excellent books on raising babies that provide excellent information on hypothermia and other issues that parents need to be aware of. Hopefully you have learnt how to recognize the normal temperature for newborn babies.