When Should We Call The Dr If Our Toddler Has A High Fever?
Toddlers are generally solid and resilient people. However, when your toddler is sick, it can be very frustrating and even sometimes scary. One of the most important things to watch when your child is ill is his temperature. A high fever can often be an indication that he is not just sick, but may have a more serious illness or condition. There are times when you should call the Dr. if your toddler has a high fever.
The normal temperature of a toddler (or an adult, for that matter) will be somewhere between 97 degrees and 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is considered to be within the normal range. Anything above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is considered a fever. If your toddler has a temperature below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, you should generally not be concerned.
Something else to keep in mind is that the way that you take your toddlers temperature may affect how accurate the results are. The most reliable method of taking your toddler’s temperature is rectally. If you are not able to take a rectal temperature, you should understand that other methods may not give you as accurate of a reading. In addition, before calling the Dr. there are some things that you should do when your toddler has a high fever.
To try to get your toddler’s fever under control, you can administer children’s Tylenol. Of course, you should always check with your physician before using a fever reducer such as Tylenol or Motrin (ibuprophen) for the first time with your toddler. After using the fever reducer, you can put your toddler into a lukewarm bath. This can often help to reduce the fever.
If your toddler’s fever refuses to come down after home treatments, you should call the Dr. Also, if your toddler’s fever lasts for 2 or more days, you should contact the Dr. If your toddler’s fever is extremely high, perhaps in the 102-103 degree Fahrenheit range or above, you should call the Dr.