7 Causes & 8 Effective Home Remedies For Fever In Toddlers

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It is common for many parents to wake up in the middle of the night to find their toddler having fever. Their child’s forehead feels warm and her palms sweaty. Most tend to freak-out in this situation as they know it’s a fever, but unaware what to do next.

The first instinct that comes to the mind is to call a doctor. But experts feel that parents need to take a deep breath and relax in such situation, and offer immediate relief measures. Here’s what you need to know about fever, its symptoms, causes and how you can comfort your child during fever.

About Fever:

Fever generally causes no harm if your toddler is healthy. It is a way for the body to fight with the infection, and ideally you should be prepared at all times when this happens.

  • Healthy toddlers can tolerate a fever up to 105 degrees without any complication. But it is less likely that the temperature will rise to that scary number.
  • It is the brain which commands the body temperature to rise, which in turn sig
    nals the white blood cell to fight with the bacteria or virus.
  • High fever in toddlers is an uncomfortable situation and if the symptom persists, it can cause dehydration.

Home Remedies For Fever In Toddlers
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7 Common Causes Of Fever In Toddlers:

Fever happens due to an underlying problem. It is not an illness or a stand-alone condition, but a symptom of another ailment. Some of the main causes are:

1. Common Cold:

Most toddlers fall sick due to common cold caused by rhino virus. Common cold is contagious and spreads in the first 2 -4 days.

Common Cold spreads through:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Touching

Symptoms of Common Cold are:

  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Mild fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle aches

[ Read: Home Remedies For Cold In Toddlers ]

2. Immunization:

Babies and toddlers are given vaccination to create immunity against certain diseases.

  • The vaccine stimulates the immune system and fight with the infection.
  • The most common immunization shot to toddlers is the DTaP vaccine, which is diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine.

Immunization Schedule:

DTaP immunization is a five series of injection given at various ages.

  • 2nd month
  • 4th months
  • 6th months
  • 15th -18th month
  • 4 – 6 years

Side effects caused due to vaccination are:

  • Swelling in the area where the shot has been given
  • Redness
  • Tiredness
  • Mild fever
  • Loss of appetite.

3. Teething:

The first set of teeth, which breaks through the gum at the age of 6 months is called teething.

  • By the time your child is 3 years of age, she should have at least 20 primary teeth.
  • The first one appears from the lower gum.
  • Teething may cause fever, but it should not rise more than 102 degree Fahrenheit.
  • The symptom usually appears 5 days before the tooth shows up.

Some common teething symptoms include:

  • Gum rubbing
  • Biting finger or toys
  • Drooling
  • Sucking
  • Irritable.
  • Your child may stop eating or drinking.
  • A rash may appear on the chin or face, due to constant drooling
  • There are various teething products available in the market for your babies to provide comfort.

4. Tonsillitis:

Inflammation of tonsil can cause fever.

  • This is often caused due to bacterial infection.
  • Temperature can ride till 103 degrees.
  • Tonsil infection can spread through person to person.
  • Keep your toddler away from someone who has tonsillitis.

Symptoms include:

  • Sore throat
  • Swallowing becomes difficult
  • Fever
  • Swollen neck glands

5. Ear Infection:

Ear infection is common among toddlers due to a bad cold.

  • It causes inflammation in the middle ear.
  • The fluid in the middle ear gets attacked by bacteria.
  • It causes pain in the ear accompanied by fever.
  • It also causes trouble hearing.

[ Read: Ear Infection In Toddlers ]

6. Measles:

Measles are highly contagious infection.

  • It causes rashes all over the body, cough, runny nose and high fever.
  • The virus attacks the respiratory system.
  • Vaccination can help you protect your toddler from this infection.
  • This vaccination is usually prescribed and schedule by doctor.

7. Flu:

Flu is an infection caused by the influenza virus, most common in winter (from October till February). Sometime it can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Symptoms are:

  • Dry cough
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Sore throat