Baby’s Head is Hot, But No Fever – Possible Causes and Solutions

Baby's Head is Hot, but No Fever - Possible Causes and Solutions

A baby’s normal temperature stays between 36.5 degrees Celsius and 37.5 degrees Celsius. When your baby’s body gets overheated, he becomes susceptible to Sudden Infant Death (SID) syndrome which is fatal. This is due to the fact that a baby’s thermoregulation system or the part of the body that regulates his body temperature is underdeveloped and still in the works. As a parent, although you don’t need to take him to the doctor, you do have to take the necessary steps to cool your little one down quickly.  Remember that babies’ hands and feet are usually a bit cooler than the head.

Baby with a Hot Head

Why Your Baby Might Suffer From Hot Head Without Having Fever

If your baby suffers from a hot head and doesn’t have a fever, it could be due to a number of reasons. Here are the most common ones.

1. Warm Clothes

Your baby’s head could be hot as you’re making him wear warm clothes, of woollen material or something similar.

Warm Clothes

Why This Occurs

Warm clothes trap the heat and make his body warmer. This raises his overall body temperature, leading to the ‘hot head’ without the symptom of fever.

What You Can Do

Change his clothing and make him wear soft cotton clothes. Do not go for laminated fabrics or anything that has layers of plastic wrapping. If it looks serious, undress your child and let him/her sleep naked overnight, just to be safe.

2. Getting Excited

Your baby is a carefree and happy soul but sometimes his carefree spirit could be one of the reasons. Maybe he’s bored and is moving around a lot or plain excited for no reason. All that moving around leads to the ‘hot head’ problem.

Getting Excited

Why This Occurs

Moving around a lot increases blood circulation to the head and raises the overall temperature of the body.

What You Can Do

Try to calm him down and let your munchkin relax. Hum his favourite tunes, stay close and caress him to sleep. This will cool down his body plus give him a nice snooze.

3. Teething

If your child is teething, then his head might be getting warmer than usual.

Teething

Why This Occurs

Teething causes the baby’s head to get warmer. It is a normal response of the body and nothing to be too concerned about.

What You Can Do

Paracetamol and teething gels are known to provide relief to little ones. If you notice your baby’s head is hot and sweaty due to teething, you could also give him a baby teether for more relief.

4. Thermometer

Sometimes the thermometer says that your child is warm and here’s why.

Thermometer

Why This Occurs

The reason behind this could actually be the thermometer and not your child. Maybe it’s a faulty thermometer or calibrated wrongly.

What You Can Do

If it’s the case of a faulty thermometer, you should contact the manufacturer and get it replaced while it’s under warranty. Meanwhile, there’s nothing to worry about.

5. It Could be Normal

Sometimes your baby’s body temperature is actually normal and nothing out of the ordinary.

It Could be Normal

Why This Occurs

Maybe your hands are cold which is why when you touch your baby’s forehead, it feels warm. And sometimes it’s because his body temperature fluctuates during the afternoons/evenings, making it feel warmer when in reality, nothing’s wrong.

What You Can Do

If this is the case, just record his body temperature and log it in a diary. If the readings are consistent and occur around the same time daily, then there’s nothing to be worried about.

How to Dress Up Your Infant for Sleep If His Head is Warm

Do not dress up your infant for sleep is his head is warm. That is the first and foremost step. Let your munchkin sleep naked for the night if his body temperature is high. Be sure to give him tummy rubs, make him drink water, and relax so that he calms down. Remove any layers of clothes lying on top of him and make sure to not keep the room temperature over 25 degrees Celsius. In addition, you should also use a wet cloth to dampen or cool down the body to regulate his temperature.

If you’re planning to dress up your baby for a good night’s sleep, check the back of his neck to see if he’s warm. You can use a baby swaddle and a sleeved bodysuit that doesn’t come with blankets for this.

Take your baby outside for a whiff of fresh air, whenever possible. Do not let him wear any socks, laminated fabrics, shoes, and always use fabrics made from soft cotton while dressing him up. This is because any harsh materials or warmer clothing may lead to heat rashes or heat stroke.

When Should You See a Doctor?

You should take your baby to a doctor if any of the following things happen:

  • Your baby seems distressed or anxious or experiences discomfort despite cooling him down using any of the above measures
  • Your baby seems dehydrated despite giving him enough water. If he experiences vomiting diarrhoea on top of this, it’s a definite red flag
  • If your baby catches a fever and it goes from mild to serious and isn’t going down at all

It is important to note that every baby is different and fever-like symptoms may show in some cases when there’s actually no fever. A hot head or warm forehead happens normally too as a part of their thermoregulation system development but you should always play it safe by checking his temperature and looking for signs. If you feel something is wrong, but you can’t really put a finger on it, take him to the doctor immediately.

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