Toddler Fever 102

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on January 18, 2012

A fever is usually an indication that your child’s body is fighting infection. However, when your toddler fever is 102 degrees Fahrenheit, it is time you do everything possible to bring it down. Here are a few steps you can take to lower your toddler’s fever.

  • If your toddler has fever at 102 degrees Fahrenheit, it is important that you give him/her plenty of liquids. This will ensure that your toddler is not dehydrated as a result of any kind of fluid loss caused due to the fever. Make sure you avoid...

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...giving your child caffeinated beverages such as colas and sodas as they cause increased urination, and this, in turn, increases your toddlers risks of dehydration.

  • For toddler fever at 102 degrees Fahrenheit, make sure you make your toddler wears one layer of clothing and then cover him/her with a sheet that is not too heavy. Covering your child with too many layers of clothing can increase his/her body’s temperature and thus cause an increase in the fever.
  • If your toddler’s fever is higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit, such as 102.4, 102.5, 102.7, or 102.8 degrees Fahrenheit or so he/she can become quite irritated. So give him/her a lukewarm bath as this will reduce his/her temperature and make your toddler less irritable.
  • You could also give your toddler some fever reduce, but make sure you check with your doctor or pediatrician before giving him/her any medications. Never try to bring down a fever by rubbing him down with alcohol. This is because rubbing alcohol can cause the alcohol to be directly drawn into your child’s bloodstream and this could cause him/her to cool faster thus, raising his temperature.

Sometimes, it is seen that your toddler has fever and no other symptoms and seems to be playing and eating normally. Remember that you are the best person to judge whether your child has to be taken to a health care provider. It is important to lookout for symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, ear pain, and a cough as this will help the doctor make a diagnosis. Based on the diagnosis, your pediatrician will give you instructions on how to take care of your toddler.

If the toddler has some spots on his/her skin which are purple-red that don’t turn paler on pressing them it could be that your toddler has a bacterial infection. If your child has problems breathing in spite of using a bulb syringe to clear his nose it could be that he/she has bronchiolitis or pneumonia. Consultation with a doctor is always the best option.

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