A Guide to Handle your Toddler During Fever

A Guide to Handle your Toddler During Fever
August 21 08:08 2016

As obvious as it may sound, young kids are easy prey for virus and bacterias.

Especially in their young age, kids have to suffer a great of diseases and fight against a lot of health problems.

Even after knowing the fact that fever and diseases are common in general, parents goes nuts if they notice a little a high temperature and unusual behavior of their toddler.

Ah wait, let me step back a little bit.

I don’t mean that there is anything weird or strange about this reaction but there is a fine line between panic and concern.

 

Fever

Enter the situation, you see you baby sleeping, you go over to him and kiss gently on his forehead but you notice something strange, it’s seems a little hotter than usual.

You put a thermometer and you see the temperature rising to 102F. Your first reaction – panic.

This is exactly the time to take a deep breath and keep your head cool. Well, easier said than done.

Doctors have coined a term called “fever phobia” for parents that freak out at even the slightest of change in toddler’s body temperature. The parents more afraid of the side effects of a fever than the fever itself like brain damage or the improper functioning of the vital organs. While this is true, doctors have found out this is rarely the case.

In fact, a fever is seen as a good thing in the medical community.

From an evolutionary perspective, our body has adopted a defense mechanism. Whenever there is an attack by foreign enemies, our brain sends a signal to increase the body temperature which in turn makes our immune system increase the production of white blood cells to fight off the pathogens.

In simple terms, a fever isn’t as bad as we all believed it is.

Pretty cool mechanism if you ask me.

 

How do I check the fever?

If it seems that the body temperature of your toddlers is higher than usual, you can proceed to the next step.

Even though there is more than one place to put the thermometer, you can go for either the armpit or in the mouth which are common. A normal body temperature can be anywhere in between 97F to 100F. So analyze the results accordingly.

 

What to do if there is a fever?

Even though it’s subjective and varies from child to child, we’ll be as objective as possible.

If your child happens to be below 6 months, it’s best to call the doctor as soon as possible. The sole reason for the immediate call is that a child below 6 months is at his most vulnerable and even not so dangerous looking diseases can prove to be fatal.

 

Is it serious?

The temperature reading alone isn’t a sufficient indicator of the seriousness of the disease.

Doctors suggest that if you happen to notice any of the problems mentioned below, contact the doctor immediately.

  • Cough
  • Vomiting
  • Gets easily tired
  • Unusual urinating behavior
  • Unexplained rashes or spots on the body
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Sudden seizures in any body part

 

Treatment

If the situation doesn’t look serious, you still have to make sure that your toddler is hydrated. Give fluids and water every now and then.

If the situation looks serious to you, get him/her to the doctor. But doctors usually wait up to 24 hours to examine because, in most cases, the parents are overly protective over little unusual things.

If the fever isn’t high enough to cause fatal damages to vital organs, most doctors will let it pass naturally since fever is a sign of the battle being fought inside the body. If the baby is old enough (at least 6 months), its best for the baby to heal naturally.

During early stages, if the fever seems a little high, doctors may prescribe acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control or bring the temperature down. It’s recommended not give the medicine on your own since the dosage is determined by the physical features of the child.

Make sure to let the doctor know beforehand of any allergies or pre-existing medicines your child has if any.

 

Natural Remedies

If for some reason it isn’t possible for you to reach any doctor you go for traditional treatment that has been going for hundreds of years.

Soak a towel in lukewarm water and rub it on your child’s forehand. Alternatively, you can bathe the baby in lukewarm water.

Caution: Never sponge your child with alcohol to control the fever. Doing so might make add the alcohol in his bloodstream since the body will absorb it. This can lead to even greater problems.

 

Some other Queries

What to do if the fever keeps coming at after some time?

Sometimes medicines that are used at early stages brings the fever down completely. This usually lead people to believe that the pathogens that created the infection in the first place are gone.

The fact is most medicines that are used to bring the fever down don’t necessarily kill the pathogens. So the fever keeps coming back again and again.

In such cases, consult the doctor. Most likely he is going to ask you to wait for the immune system of to destroy the pathogens themselves. Alternatively, he may give medicine if the situation demands it.

 

What if the fever persists for more than 24 hours but there no sign of serious diseases?

There are some infections  that do not cause any serious sign of troubles. Nonetheless, this does make them any less dangerous.

The best thing you could do is to notice your child’s behavior. If he/she seems to appear normal & busy playing in their own world, no need to panic. Alternatively, if your child is too young to show any symptoms, consulting a professional might be in your best interest.

 

Can the fever be fatal?

Honestly, YES. If there is a sudden rise in the temperature, it can cause seizure and can even cause damage to the brain as well as other vital organs.

Your child can also hallucinate if the high temperature persists. If they seem to complain about flying objects or seeing people that are not there, it’s most likely to be a hallucination rather than some kind of demon possessing your child.

These kinds of problems are more likely to arise when the body temperature of your toddler reaches 106F.

Situations like these need immediate attention.

 

Closing Thoughts

Even though everybody has to go through these phases, both as a parent and as a child, it does not make it any less terrifying.

The important thing is to never ever feel sorry for yourself or your kid because problems are waiting to be solved. Your child will be stronger than before, both physically and mentally the same way you became.

 

 

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