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How to Treat Fever in Toddlers

How to Treat Fever in Toddlers

Increasing consumption of fluids and use of medicines such as acetaminophen are some of the common remedies to treat toddler fever.
Nicks J
Last Updated: Mar 14, 2018
Fever is defined as the body's reaction to an infection. Toddlers suffering from a viral or bacterial infection, often show elevated body temperature. Here are some ways to treat fever:
Toddler Fever Treatment
Increase Fluid Intake
One of the best ways to manage and even cure fever is to increase water intake. More specifically, giving the child plenty of water can go a long way in controlling body temperature. Apart from water, allow your toddler to sip fruit juices frequently. Giving homemade soups and herbal teas such as chamomile may also help to manage high body temperature. All in all, increasing fluid intake is the key to reduce high body temperature.
Ice Pack
Application of ice pack is one of the best home remedies for fever. One can wrap ice cubes in a cloth and put it on the forehead to reduce fever. Another way to treat toddler fever is to apply handkerchiefs soaked in cold water on the forehead. However, make sure that water is not trickling down from the handkerchief, when putting it on the forehead of the child.
Coconut Oil
As coconut oil displays both antiviral and antibacterial activity, giving it in small doses may help to reduce high body temperature.
Medications
When it comes to oral medicines to relieve high body temperature, use of acetaminophen is considered to be safe. This medicine has been used for years to treat pain and headache associated with fever. However, one should be extremely careful when giving acetaminophen to toddlers, as excess dosage can cause side effects. Acetaminophen that is available in the form of infant drops and oral suspension has been recommended for toddlers. When giving the medication, follow the instructions printed on the label.
Toddler Fever Rash
Many times, it is observed that as the fever starts subsiding, a mild rash appears usually on the neck. Honestly speaking, formation of blisters in the localized area is not a worrisome condition and generally goes away without any treatment. However, application of ice pack on the affected part is an effective approach to reduce skin irritation.
In case, the aforementioned treatment options fail to bring down the fever within a day or two, taking the appointment of a well qualified doctor is a must. Many parents do the mistake of giving excess (double) dosage of acetaminophen to reduce high fever in toddlers. The key is to find the underlying cause of fever and accordingly give the treatment.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.
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