Temperature Control in Normal Newborns

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The key to everyday temperature control of the newborn is ensuring warm atmosphere for the baby .All mothers should be explained to keep there baby warm by dressing / wrapping the baby in a dry clean cloth  and cover the head ,feet ,palm with caps, socks,gloves respectively.

The temperature of the baby is monitored by touching the feet of the baby time to time . If the feet  is very cold then the baby needs to be covered and kept in skin to skin contact . If still the temperature is not maintained in one hour then she should see a doctor immediately.

Mother should ensure that the room is warm in which the baby is residing ; the baby is dressed or wrapped properly (i.e. one more layer than older children/adults) and the baby is sleeping in the same bed as mother at night .

Details about temperature control are discussed in the heading named ‘Thermal protection in neonates’.