3-Month-Old Baby (13 Weeks)
Week 13 Tip: Tackling a Fever From BehindWhen a baby has a high fever, it can be a very frightening situation. If your baby develops a fever, her healthcare provider may recommend Infant Tylenol or acetaminophen as one method for dealing with the fever. That might be easier said than done. Some babies cannot tolerate oral medications. For those little ones, there may be another option.
Children who have difficulty taking oral medications may find suppositories helpful. Acetaminophen suppositories are a useful alternative to taking medicine by mouth, especially children who become nauseated while trying to do so.
(To learn more about the recommended acetaminophen suppository dosages for young infants, click Acetaminophen Suppository Dosage.)
Understanding RotavirusOne of the infant vaccines given early on (first dose at 2 months) protects against rotavirus. Rotavirus is a leading cause of stomach flu (known medically as viral gastroenteritis) among children 3 months to 15 months old. It is also the most common cause of diarrhea in children under the age of 5 years old.
In many areas, the rotavirus vaccine is not a required vaccine, although the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends routine immunization of infants against this disease, as it is a particularly miserable illness (for both kids and parents). Rotavirus typically causes watery diarrhea for three to nine days, along with fever and vomiting (see Rotavirus Symptoms).
This type of stomach flu virus can also strike adults who are in close contact with infected children, although the symptoms in adults are generally milder (see Adult Rotavirus).
(Click Rotavirus Transmission to learn about how this virus is spread. Also, click Infant Diarrhea to learn what you should do if your baby does develop diarrhea.)