My toddler is scary when he gets a toddler fever. Don’t be alarmed parents, what I mean by scary is that he is definitely not his “normal self”. He gets all sleepy looking and doesn’t want to play. I know when he has a fever not only by touching his head but by his actions. You know your child well enough to be able to determine when they are not feeling well.
How can you tell when your toddler has a fever?
Toddler fever will usually show signs of your child being sick. Here are a few symptoms they may have:
A fever is usually a sign that the body is waging a war against infection. Taking your child's temperature can confirm your suspicions and help you and your child's doctor figure out the best way to get your toddler back on the road to health. Most doctors — and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) — agree that a normal body temperature for a healthy child is between 97 and 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (36 to 38 degrees Celsius). If your toddler's temperature is above this range, he has a fever.
A temperature reading isn't the only indication of whether a fever is serious. Your toddler's behavior is a factor as well. So remember watch your child. We are ultimately the best judge to know when there is toddler fever. If it doesn't stop him from playing and eating normally, there may not be cause for alarm.
Special Note: Everyone's temperature rises in the late afternoon and evening. That explains why your toddler’s fever spikes at night. The natural cycle of our internal thermostat explains why doctors get most of their phone calls about fever in the early evening and the middle of the night. Remember to always call the pediatrician if you have any concerns about toddler fever. It will NEVER hurt to just call.
WATCH for any of the following symptoms, which could indicate a more serious problem when coupled with a fever:
Which fever-reducing medicines are safe for my toddler?
You can use a childrens acetaminophen or ibuprofen to bring down your toddler's temperature.
Be very careful when administering these medicines to your toddler. You should always discuss with your pediatrician about the proper dosing amount. His weight will determine the right dose. Always use the measuring device that comes with the medicine or an oral syringe. Don't give any medicine more often than is recommended. The directions will probably say that you can give acetaminophen every four hours and ibuprofen every six hours.
NEVER give aspirin to your toddler. Aspirin can make a child more susceptible to Reye's syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disorder. A SPECIAL NOTE: I have stated this before on other pages. Most doctors don't recommend over-the-counter cough and cold preparations for babies and young children. They have recently found these medications to not work and be dangerous for young children. But if your child is taking a prescription remedy, talk with the doctor before giving your child any other medicine, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Cough and cold remedies may already contain these products and you do not want to over medicate.
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Alternative methods to lowering toddler fever:
Again, always discuss these with your pediatrician FIRST.
Fever-reducing medicines bring down body temperature temporarily. They don't affect the bug that's producing the infection, so your child may run a fever until his body is clear of the infection. This can take at least two or three days. It may be a rough few days but……….. it will get better LOL.
Different methods you can use to take your Toddler's temperature:
Remember to always call your pediatrician and discuss your toddler’s temperature and symptoms when there is a fever present. We are the best judge but it never hurts to get a second opinion if we are unsure. I never hesitate to call the doctor or nurse when it comes to my toddler. He is so precious to me and I want him to stay healthy.
* I am not a Doctor or Licensed Professional in the area of toddler fever. I am a stay at home Mom passing on tips, advice and information that are based on my opinions. Always remember to consult your pediatrician with serious questions concerning your child and their ailments.*
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