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Why does my baby's body temperature keep fluctuating?

Tuesday, 06 May 2008
Answered by: Dr. Satish Saluja
Consultant Neonatologist,
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital,
New Delhi
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Q. My daughter is seven months old and she was born premature. Since two weeks, her body becomes hot and after some time it becomes cold. Why is this happening?

A.  A newborn baby's body temperature is very labile according to the environmental temperature. They may become cold if exposed to AC or cold environment and may become warm if over-wrapped or kept in warm environment. Keep the room temperature in the range of 26-28 degree Celsius and make sure her hands and feet are not cold to touch. If she appears warm, you may reduce her clothing and make the room temperature more comfortable.

A.  A newborn baby's body temperature is very labile according to the environmental temperature. They may become cold if exposed to AC or cold environment and may become warm if over-wrapped or kept in warm environment. Keep the room temperature in the range of 26-28 degree Celsius and make sure her hands and feet are not cold to touch. If she appears warm, you may reduce her clothing and make the room temperature more comfortable.

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