Fever for less than 12 hours

A fever is the body’s reaction to an infection. It is usually accompanied by a sore throat, a headache, and a general feeling of discomfort.

In most cases, a fever is not a cause for concern. But, if your child’s body temperature is elevated, there may be a fever of unknown origin.

If your child has a fever for more than 12 hours, it is important to consult your child’s doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of a Fever in a Toddler?

Toddlers often have a fever, but it is not always elevated. They may have a fever of 104 F (40 C) or higher.

Toddlers are also more likely to have a milder and shorter-lasting fever. This is because their bodies are not able to get rid of the fever as quickly as an adult’s body.

Toddlers may also have other symptoms of a fever. These symptoms include:

  • A headache
  • Irritability
  • A stiff neck
  • A loss of appetite
  • A red rash
  • A fast heartbeat
  • A fast or irregular breathing rate
  • A fast or shallow breathing
  • A dry mouth
  • A sore throat
  • A runny nose
  • A cough
  • A cold
  • A runny or stuffy nose

What Causes a Fever in a Toddler?

Toddlers may have a fever for different reasons. It is important to understand the causes of a fever so you can determine the best treatment.

Some of the causes of a fever in a toddler include:

  • An infection
  • A viral infection
  • A viral infection with a bacterial infection
  • An allergic reaction
  • A drug reaction
  • A reaction to a medication
  • An allergic reaction to food
  • An allergic reaction to insect stings
  • Another type of allergic reaction
  • A thyroid problem
  • A stomach virus
  • A stomach bug
  • A urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • A respiratory infection
  • A lung infection
  • A UTI

If your child has a fever with no other symptoms, it is often not a cause for concern. You should see your child’s doctor if he or she has a fever that is accompanied by other symptoms.

If your toddler has a fever that is accompanied by other symptoms, they may need to be evaluated by a doctor.

How Is a Fever in a Toddler Diagnosed?

Your child’s doctor will do a physical exam and ask questions about your child’s symptoms. Once the doctor has a good idea about your child’s symptoms, they can recommend a diagnostic method.

The following tests can help your child’s doctor determine the cause of the fever.

  • Blood and Atypical Cell Counts
  • Blood and Urine Tests
  • Blood and Urine Culture
  • Urinalysis
  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound

Treatment for a Fever in a Toddler

Since fevers are often caused by a bacterial infection, a doctor will treat the infection to help lower the fever. You should talk to your child’s doctor if your child’s symptoms do not improve after a few days.

If your child’s body is fighting off an infection, it may take more than one week for the fever to drop.

In some cases, the fever is caused by a bacterial infection. In these cases, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics.

In other cases, a doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication, such as acyclovir, to treat a viral infection.

If the fever is caused by a drug reaction, your child’s doctor may recommend that you avoid the drug.

If your child’s fever is caused by a medication, you should contact your doctor right away.

When Should I Call the Doctor?

If your toddler has a fever that is accompanied by other symptoms, it is important to see your child’s doctor.

If your child’s fever is accompanied by other symptoms, it is important to call the doctor as soon as possible.

Toddlers may have a fever that is caused by a viral infection. Toddlers are also more likely to have a milder and shorter-lasting fever.

Toddlers are also more likely to have a runny nose, a sore throat, and a runny or stuffy nose.

These symptoms can be caused by a viral infection. It is important to see your child’s doctor to determine the cause of the fever.

When Should I Call 911?

If your child has a fever that is accompanied by other symptoms, it is important to call 911.

If your child’s fever is accompanied by other symptoms, it is important to call 911 right away.

Common Emergencies in Toddlers

  • A seizure
  • Severe dehydration
  • A wound that is not healing
  • A broken bone
  • A head injury
  • A heart attack
  • A severe allergic reaction
  • A drug overdose

The symptoms of a fever may be different for each child. Be sure to talk to your child’s doctor about the symptoms that your child is experiencing.

How Is a Fever in a Toddler Treated?

If the fever is caused by a bacterial infection, your child’s doctor will prescribe medication.

In some cases, your child will need to be hospitalized. In these cases, your child will be placed in special isolation to prevent the spread of the infection.

You should keep your child home from school and child care until they are feeling better. If your child is at home and they have a fever, you should call your doctor right away.

In some cases, the fever is caused by a viral infection. In these cases, your child’s doctor may prescribe antiviral medication.

Your child’s doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection.

If the fever is caused by a drug reaction, your child’s doctor will likely recommend that you avoid the drug.

Epilogue

There is no cure for a fever in a toddler. However, the following tips can help you manage the fever.

  • Drink lots of fluids to help your toddler get rid of the fever.
  • Keep your child in a cool, dark room.
  • Make sure that your child sleeps in a room that is not too hot or too cold.

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