My Toddler Has a Fever: What to Do

toddler with a fever

All mothers hate to see their children sick. Whether they have a nasty cough or are battling a stomach bug, seeing your child sick just stinks.

When your toddler has a fever, it can be even worse. Although normal body temperature is 98.6, most doctors don’t consider a child to have an actual fever unless the temperature gets to above 100.4 degrees.

Though we’re not doctors, and this isn’t medical advice, experts say that when it comes to fever, these are the basics to cover before calling the pediatrician:

F is for fluids: If your child has a fever be sure to keep the fluids flowing. A fever can drain the body of liquids, so make sure your child is drinking water or juice even if he or she doesn’t feel like eating.

E is for examine the fever: As moms we may tend to freak out when our little one goes above normal body temperature, but fevers aren’t always a bad thing. They help fight infection. Keep an eye on the temperature and try to cool your own fears before over-treating your child.

V is for ventilation: Keep your toddler cool if you feel her body getting warm. A cool wash cloth on the forehead or fan can help as can a lukewarm bath.

E is for is for eliminate excess clothes: Keep your child comfortable. If he or she is sweating, peel off a layer or two. Kids will tell you when they’re not comfy!

R is for rest: One of the best ways to lower a temperature is to just take it easy. Even if your child is not a “napper,” make sure he’s resting and not running around like a maniac if he has a fever. Just resting can do wonders.

Many times a fever reducer like children’s Advil or Tylenol can help your child feel more comfortable and lower the temperature at the same time. Just be sure to read the dosage instructions. If you do these things and your child’s fever does not go down or goes above 104 degrees at any time, call the pediatrician.

Here are some other symptoms that should trigger an immediate call no matter what time of day or night:

If your child has a fever and has trouble breathing

If your child has vomiting and/or diarrhea

If your child has a seizure along with a fever

If your child is crying abnormally or seems to be in some unexplainable pain

If you notice a strange rash

If your child is extremely flushed and peeing less than normal

The best guideline when it comes to caring for your child is trusting your gut. If something feels wrong when it comes to your child, call your doctor. You know your child best. Never underestimate a mother’s intuition!

What do you do when you child has a fever?