If on arrival from the hospital you measured the child's temperature and saw on the thermometer 37.1, do not rush to panic. On the contrary, rejoice: it means your baby is nice and comfortable!
How it works?
The system of thermoregulation of a baby and an adult is significantly different from each other. Firstly, he has not yet finished forming the kids. That is, it is much easier to overheat or overcool a child than an adult. Secondly, the children have a so-called brown fat, which is formed in utero. It is his body that "lets in the expense" to keep warm when the child freezes. In addition, freezing, the child begins to tremble - another way to warm up. In this reaction to the cold between an adult and a child converge. If the baby is hot, his skin begins to sweat, trying to cool down in this way.
Of course, it is not always possible to adjust the temperature in the room where the baby is, in our power. Not everyone has air conditioning, in some apartments all the windows are facing the sunny side. In others, the batteries or the cold wall of the room are not working well ... However, every effort should be made to create the closest possible to the ideal room temperature. So, when a child is 1-2 weeks old, it should be around 24 degrees in the daytime and 22 in the night. Gradually, you can switch to lower indicators: 22-23 in the afternoon and 18-20 at night.
Normal body temperature
The body temperature of the newborn should vary between 36.5 - 37.5 degrees. As a rule, parents tend to over-warm the child, but cases of hypothermia are much less common. It is not necessary to be guided by that, cold or warm at the kid hands and a nose. Better touch the back. To be completely sure that the child is "properly" dressed at home in the beginning periodically measure his temperature. However, raising or lowering by a couple of tenths of a degree is completely uncritical. Have you seen 37.7 on a thermometer? Take off a pair of warm diapers (you have surely wrapped the baby properly!), Leave it in a light man and cover with a lightweight plaid, a towel or a flannel diaper folded in half. Intent 36.2? Also not a reason to call the pediatrician. Take the kid on the handles, cover, give the chest. He will quickly get warm!
Do not overdo it
Both overheating and hypothermia are equally undesirable for a child's body. With significant hypothermia, the baby pales, becomes sluggish. All protective functions of the body are weakened. Freezing to 34x degrees can lead even in the death of a child due to a critical metabolic disorder. Too much overheating, by the way, can also end tragically. However, if we talk about a moderate, systematic overheating, it is fraught with problems with the skin. First - a swab, and then you can develop dermatitis, a tendency to allergies and skin rashes. Also significantly weakened immunity of the baby, and the slightest draft in the near future can cause a cold.