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Fevers in Toddlers

Fevers can be a scary thing for new mothers, or even mothers in general. Up until now, Kayla hasn't gotten sick a whole lot. But when she does get a fever, honestly, I worry a bit too much. I'm always searching up remedies, what to do, and when to call the doctor. So to help any new mothers or long-time mothers, here's a few things that I found helpful to know.

  • There are four different ways to take a child's temperature: oral, rectal, axillary, ear (I use axillary - under arm)
  • If taking temperature under the arm, take off clothing to prevent it from making the area hot
  • A fever is anything above 37.5°c (99.5°F)
  • Avoid giving medication to children between 3 months to 4 years old, if temperature is under 37.9°C (100.2°F)
  • You may give child medication if fever is above 100.2°F, only if he/she is feeling achy or fussy. Otherwise, still avoid giving medication. 
  • If you do decide to give medication, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is preferred over Ibuprofen (Advil) - Ibuprofen is more likely to cause side effects, especially in younger children
  • Do NOT use aspirin. It may cause Reye's Syndrome - a condition that causes swelling in the liver and brain. Aspirin is not recommend for people under 18 years old. 
Other than medicine, here are some other ways to help bring down your child's fever:
  • Keep your child from being dehydrated. Fluids will help the body cool down. For example, water, juice, soup, and popsicles. 
  • Running around may cause a rise in temperature. Your child can play but nothing to overexert their body. 
  • Dress your child up in light clothing. This will allow their body heat to escape. 
  • A cool, damp wash cloth on the forehead.
  • A warm bath will help cool your baby. But it's more effective after giving your child medicine. 
In some cases, you're going to have to call your paediatrician. Here's a list of when to call:
  • Child is under 1 month old - fever is over 38.5°C (101.3°F)
  • Child is 1 to 3 months old - fever is over 38.5°C and has lasted more than 24 hours
  • Child is 3 months to 2 years old - fever is over 38.6°C (101.4°F) and rises or lasts more than 3 days. If fever is over 39°C (103°F), call doctor even if your child doesn't seem sick.
  • Child is over 2 years old - fever is over 38.6° and lasts more than 3 days.
If your child doesn't fall into any of the categories above, you will have to call your doctor if they have any of these symptoms: 
  • Changes in behaviour or loss of appetite 
  • Rashes
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth or lasting sore throat
  • Ear ache/pulling on ear
  • Stomach ache
  • High-pitched cries or whimpering
  • Swelling on soft spot of head
  • Sore or swollen joints
Call emergency if your child is experiencing these:
  • Unresponsive or limp
  • Having problems breathing
  • Vomitting and has a headache or stiff neck
  • Blue lips/skin or is pale
  • Seizures
Hopefully, these facts helped you or helps you in the future! 

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