High fever is a common symptom of many illnesses that affect toddlers. If the body temperature exceeds 102 ºF a child is considered to suffer from a high fever. The very symptom can be rather bothersome to many parents and they may be faced with a problem how to reduce the increased body temperature and whether they should take their child immediately to the doctor. Yes, it is advisable to visit a child's pediatrician as soon as possible and one should never administer a child any kind of medication prior consulting a well experienced pediatrician. There are certain measures which may decrease a child's body temperature and they are supposed to be applied together with medications prescribed by the doctor.
Causes of High Fever in Toddlers
There are many illnesses associated with high fever in toddlers. A flu, common cold and ear infection are only some of them. Any kind of infection usually leads to increase in body temperature. High body temperature may linger or occur intermittently. It generally tends to increase at night. The child may also suffer from additional symptoms which basically depend on the underlying condition.
Presentation of High Fever in Toddlers
The child suffering from high fever is usually irritated and his/ her skin may be hot to touch and red. Redness particularly affects cheeks. The child's forehead is hotter than usual.
Some toddlers continue playing and eating normally despite the presence of increased body temperature. In this case the parents may suspect their child is sick due to additional symptoms and signs.
If the body temperature is extremely high a toddler's skin is markedly red and the child is extremely irritable. There is an evident loss of energy sometimes cough and breathing difficulties. The toddler may also vomit and have diarrhea.
In predisposed children drastic increase in body's temperature may be the trigger for seizures.
Treatment for High Fever in Toddlers
The easiest way to confirm increased body temperature is to measure it. High fever practically interferes in child's sleep, eating and drinking. The goal of the treatment is to reduce the body's temperature as soon as possible. This particularly refers to children who are at risk for febrile seizures.
The child is prescribed a proper medication that will effectively reduce the increased body temperature. Furthermore, parents must be familiar with additional maneuvers which will help with reduction of fever. It is essential for a child to drink plenty of fluids. This will prevent dehydration. Furthermore, good effects are achieved if a child is sponged with lukewarm water. After this a child is supposed to be dressed in a single pajama and covered with a light sheet.