How to Treat High Fever in a Toddler

As a parent, you never want your child to be ill or have a fever, but fevers affect us all at one time or another. When your toddler presents with a high fever you may want to panic, but you need to keep in mind that when your child does have a fever, this is a good thing. A fever indicates that your child’s body is working properly, trying to rid itself of an infection of some type. When you keep this in mind, you can avoid panic and work to treat your toddler’s high fever. It’s important to stay calm and just work methodically to keep your child comfortable while we bring their fever down.

Treating Your Toddler’s High Fever

When you suspect that your toddler has a high fever the first thing you need to do is determine how high the fever is. The best way to do this is by taking a rectal temperature. This isn’t comfortable for your toddler, but it will give you the most accurate reading so that you can go about treating the information.

The first thing you should do is give your child an age and weight appropriate dosage of acetaminophen or ibuprofen. This will help to treat the fever from the inside and will also help to make your child more comfortable if they have a sore throat, body aches, or even a headache. This will help your child relax while you use other measures to help cool them down from the outside.

One thing that you need to be aware of with fevers in toddler’s, or anyone for that matter, is that you don’t want to induce chills. When the body shivers the response is to increase the internal temperature. Therefore, you want to cool your toddler down slowly. You can start by simply placing cool rags on your child’s forehead, which will help to whisk away some of the heat. If this doesn’t work, try giving your toddler a warm bath, again you will want to make sure that it is not too cool.

If your child would like, try giving them a Popsicle. These are consumed slowly enough that it won’t induce chills but will help to bring down the core temperature of the body. When you pair this with the medication that you have given, you will likely find that the body temperature drops back down to a more normal level. If you don’t see any improvement or very little improvement over the course of an hour and the temperature is still more than 103 you will want to give your doctor a call. Your child may have a condition that needs to be treated with antibiotics.


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