Does the fever-lowering skin method really make sense?

The article was consulted professionally by Master, Dr Trinh Thi Thanh Huyen – Obstetrics and Gynecology Department – Share99 Hai Phong International Hospital.

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Skin adjacent to the skin is a method for babies to be applied to the mother's bare skin between 30 minutes and 1 hour immediately after birth. This is a scientific method and is rated as good for both mother and baby.

1. Does the fever-lowering skin method really make sense?

Many mothers have believed that skin adjacent to the skin will help children reduce fever. However, in fact, the method of skin adjacent to the skin for babies really does not have a fever-lowering effect. When the child has a fever adjacent to the mother's skin, then the mother's love hormone will help her feel better.

Health experts recommend not treating skin adjacent to the skin as an alternative to traditional methods. Skin adjacent to the skin is considered as a method to support treatment and help children feel secure and pleasant during the time when the child has a fever. If your child has a fever above 38 degrees Celsius, you should take him to a medical facility for timely examination, diagnosis and treatment.

2. Benefits of skin-to-skin methods

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that babies, including those born full months and healthy, have skin adjacent to their mothers. Currently, this method is being widely applied all over the world, including Vietnam.

Skin to skin is a method for the skin of babies to come into contact with the mother's skin, immediately after the baby is born, the baby will be hugged on the chest or on her bare abdomen. This is considered a scientific measure and is rated as good for both mother and baby.

  • For children: help them breathe better, have less apnea and less risk of facing hypothermia, their heart beats better, they develop more comprehensively.
  • For mothers: skin adjacent to the skin will help the mother increase interaction with the baby, reduce the anxiety and fear of the mother while increasing confidence in the ability to care for the baby, the baby is fed with breast milk early and prolonged.


Children feel good when they have skin with their mother

After birth, the child is skinned, the mother touches and caresses at the young, the hormone oxytocin – the love hormone from the mother's body is stimulated and released, helping the child to feel more pleasant and safer. The mother will also feel happier. This is the connection between mother and baby.

For post-birth women, oxytocin has the effect of stimulating the secretion process, the faster and more milk returns if the baby is skinned with the mother early. In addition, oxytocin also has a direct effect on the brain, helping children and mothers to be connected, creating a sense of safety between mother and baby.

Skin adjacent to the skin is a natural method to help connect the mother with the baby, especially for vulnerable children and need the attention of the mother to maintain life. Skin adjacent to the skin helps the affection of the child with the mother become more sacred than ever.

3. How to handle when babies have a temperature disorder

Increased body temperature

When the child's temperature is 37.5 degrees Celsius or more, it is considered an increase in temperature.

In babies, increased temperature is considered a severe sign, which can cause death of the child. Increased temperature is common in severe cases of bacterial infections, especially in patients with purulent meningitis.

The temperature in the child increases from mild to severe, the temperature above 39 degrees Celsius is considered aggravating. Apply the principles of using physical methods and taking drugs to handle temperature-raising interventions in children. For low-birthweight babies, children with severe bacterial infections or in hot weather, it is necessary to immediately recognize the risk of temperature increase by touching their hands and feet feeling hot. For at-risk children, temperature should be regularly measured with a thermometer every 4 hours.

If the newborn has an increase in temperature, you need to take the baby out of the hot source and lie in a well-ventilated room, wear cool clothes, can take off the diaper if necessary … milk should be given several times, which can be squeezed out and inserted if the child refuses to breastfeed. If the child does not return to normal or appears dangerous symptoms, it is necessary to immediately take the child to a medical facility for treatment. Parents should not immediately take antipyretics for hypothermia.

If the newborn has severe hypothermia, caution should be exercised while taking antipyretics, paracetamol antipyretics can be taken at a dosage of 10 to 15 mg/kg for each instaled administration, in case of necessity, it is possible to take it again after 6 hours. Besides, the accompanying disorders also need to be dealt with, especially dehydration. If the child's condition has not improved or exceeded the ability to treat, other tests should be done to determine the cause. Treatment is given based on the cause of the disease, especially for children with severe bacterial infections.

temperature disorders

Check your child's temperature regularly with a thermometer


The child is considered hypothermia when the child's body temperature is below 36.5 degrees Celsius. This can be a manifestation of a serious condition, which can be fatal. This symptom is common in patients with severe infections.

Hypothermia is divided into 3 types:

  • Mild hypothermia: temperature from 36.0 degrees Celsius to 36.5 degrees Celsius
  • Average hypothermia: temperature from 35 degrees Celsius to 35.9 degrees Celsius
  • Severe hypothermia: temperature below 35 degrees Celsius

Signs of hypothermia can be detected in babies by touching hands and feet in babies, especially note for children with low weight, premature birth, severe infection, children in cold climates … Regular temperature checks should be given to children every 6 hours for high-risk children.

Handle hypothermia in the child by giving the child skin adjacent to the mother, wearing more clothes, bringing more hats, socks, gloves for the child, keeping the child's body warm … at the same time that the baby needs to be breastfed several times, the mother should breastfeed early, can be given through a spoon if the baby refuses to breastfeed. If after 1 hour, the child's body does not return to normal levels and shows signs of danger, it is necessary to immediately take the child to a medical facility for timely treatment.

The pediatrics department at Share99 International Health Hub is the address to receive and examine the diseases that babies as well as young children are susceptible to: Viral fever, bacterial fever, otitis media, pneumonia in children,…. With modern equipment, ile space, minimize the impact as well as the risk of spreading the disease. Along with that is the dedication from experienced doctors to pediatric patients, making the examination no longer a concern of parents.

Customers can directly go to Share99 Health System nationwide for examination or contact the hotline here for assistance.

Master. Dr. Trinh Thi Thanh Huyen is highly trained in obstetric ultrasound, laparoscopic surgery and endoscopy at the National Health Hub of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has more than 13 years of experience working at Hai Phong Obstetrics and Gynecology Health Hub.

Currently, the doctor is a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology at Share99 Hai Phong International Health Hub

To register for examination and treatment at Share99 International Health Hub, you can contact Share99 Health System nationwide, or register for an online examination HERE


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About: Minh Quynh

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