How to Bring Down a Fever in a Toddler
When your child has a fever it is your natural instinct to do whatever you can to make the pain go away. No one likes to see their child be sick and feel helpless, so here are a few tips on how to bring down a fever in a toddler.
Steps to bringing down the fever
First, take their temperature. Taking a temperature rectally is usually more accurate. If you do not feel comfortable doing that, the armpit temperature should suffice.
- Younger than 3 months and has a fever of 100.4 or more, call their doctor. Because they are so young, their immune system is more vulnerable making them more at risk for an infection.
- Between 3-5 months with a temperature of 101 degrees or they have had it for more than a day, contact their doctor.
- 6 -12 months old with a temperature of 102 degrees, call their doctor.
- Any child with a temperature of 104 or higher should go to their doctor immediately.
Remember though that the fever is trying to help fight the infection so do not rush your child to the emergency room unless the temperature increases and/or other concerning symptoms appear.
Secondly, try some of these home remedies that will guide you on how to bring down a fever in a toddler.
- Apply a cool, damp wash cloth to their forehead.
- Give them a lukewarm bath/sponge bath. The water wil levaporate which in turn cools the skin. Make sure it is not cold, ice, or alcohol rubs as that can lead to shivering and a possible rise in temperature.
- Have them drink fluids or chilled foods such as gelatin, watered down fruit juices, etc… It is important that they stay hydrated.
- Place a fan in the room if the room is stuffy.
The difference between adults and children
Learning how to bring down a fever in a toddler is a little different than bringing one down in an adult. Unlike adults, children can have trouble explaining what hurts or where the pain is, so it is important to keep a close eye on any symptoms you see as well as what their temperature is. Have them wear layers of clothes that can be easily taken on and off as their temperature fluctuates.