Fevers in toddlers are one of the more common reasons for parents to call the pediatrician. As the parent of a toddler, you probably aren’t surprised to hear this – fevers can be scary! They’re common in toddlers, and they often happen for no clear reason, which is a large part of why parents get nervous when their child’s temperature rises.
What is a fever?
What are the signs that a fever might be a cause for concern?
If a child recently received immunizations and has a temperature higher than 102 F (38.9 C)
If a child has a fever for more than 5 days
If the fever goes above 104 F (40 C)
If the toddler seems to be urinating less liquid than usual – this could be a sign of dehydration
If they appear to be drowsy or is acting ‘different,’ for example, not playing or eating
If the child is vomiting, has diarrhea, a strong headache, no sweating, a sore neck, or any other symptoms that are highly uncommon in fevers
What should you do if your child has a fever, but there is no current cause for concern?
If any of these symptoms arises during a toddler’s fever, it’s best to call the doctor to determine their cause and the best method of treatment for the child. It’s important to keep an eye out for these symptoms so as to treat them immediately.
The comfort factor
- The toddler’s comfort: Many healthcare professionals agree that a toddler’s comfort is priority when it comes to fevers and treatment, so it’s a good idea to speak to the doctor if at any point you feel that your child is significantly uncomfortable. The doctor or other healthcare provider can advise you on how to make your child more comfortable during the fever.
- The parent’s comfort: If you or your partner are concerned for any reason, or if you want to talk to your healthcare provider about anything at all, don’t worry about giving them a ring about something, even if it’s non-serious! There’s a reason so many parents call for advice about fevers, as they can be confusing and worrying for new parents. It’s always good to get guidance and advice when exploring unfamiliar territory, even if all you need is a professional confirmation that everything is okay.
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- Tracy Lim. “Kids fevers: When to worry, when to relax.” Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic, 1995-2016. Web.
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- Janice E. Sullivan, Henry C. Farrar. “Fever and Antipyretic Use in Children.” Pediatrics. Volume 127, Issue 3. Web. March 2011.