baby fever

5 Tips to Treat Fever for Toddlers

There is nothing more terrifying than seeing your baby get sick. It can be stressful but don't panic, we got here some tips for you on how to treat it and forget that it ever happened.

1. Measure the temperature.

First of all, it's important to know how high the temperature is. To determine this, use a thermometer.

Make sure you have a digital thermometer. Do NOT use a mercury one. 

The most accurate one is the "rectal" one, that you insert in the baby's bottom.

If you don't have a rectal thermometer you can either use a forehead thermometer or an oral one (you insert in the mouth).

You can also use an armpit thermometer (axillary) all though they are not as accurate.

If you're child is above 4 y.o. you should go with the latter options.

2. More Fluids.

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To regulate the body temperature it's important that your baby drinks as much as needed.

If your baby is under 1 y.o. stick with breast milk and formula.

If your baby is above 1 y.o. you can also give him water and diluted juice.


  • Your child may not want to eat much. Offer soft foods often and in small amounts but do not force them to eat.

3. Light clothing

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A lot of sheet layers or clothing will trap the heat and increase the fever even more.

To avoid this, dress your child in light clothing. 

If your baby is under the age of 1 dress them in a sleep sack or wearable blanket. Do not put loose blankets over them.

If your baby is over the age of 1, while sleeping, cover them with a sheet or light blanket

4. Baths

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Give sponge baths or let your child soak in a tub. Water should be lukewarm, not too hot or cold. Use a wash cloth to sponge the water over your child’s body.

Do NOT add alcohol to the water. It can be dangerous.

Recheck your child’s temperature 15 minutes after the bath. If the temperature is 103˚F (39.4˚C) or is going higher, repeat the sponge bath.

5. Medicine

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Over-the-counter medicines can help lower a fever. Read the label on the bottle to know the right dose for your child.

- Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) may be used in all children over 2 months.

- Ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) may be used in children over 6 months.

- Do NOT give aspirin to children. Aspirin has been linked to a disease called Reye’s syndrome, which can be fatal. 

When it's time to call the doctor?

Call your child’s health care provider right away if your child:

  • Is younger than 3 months of age and has a temperature of 100.4˚F (38˚C) or higher.
  • Is older than 3 months and has a temperature:
    • Of 104 ˚F (40 ˚C) or above.
    • Above 102˚F (38.9˚C) for more than 2 days or keeps coming back.
    • That has been treated to bring it down, but it has not worked.
  • At any age, has a fever and:
    • Looks very ill, is very fussy, or very drowsy.
    • Is not eating or drinking and shows signs of dehydration – dry or sticky mouth, sunken eyes, dark urine, dry diapers, or not urinating.
    • Has a stiff neck, bad headache, very sore throat, painful stomach ache, vomiting, or diarrhea.
    • Has an unusual rash
    • Has been in a very hot place, such as an overheated car.
    • Has immune system problems that make them more likely to get sick, such as sickle cell disease or cancer, or takes a medicine that weakens the immune system.

Call 911 or go to the emergency department if your child has trouble breathing, has a seizure, or is hard to wake up.

Helping Hands Patient Education Materials

Written and illustrated by medical, nursing and allied health professionals at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Helping Hand instructions are intended as a supplement to verbal instructions provided by a medical professional. The information is periodically reviewed and revised to reflect our current practice. However, Nationwide Children's Hospital is not responsible for any consequences resulting from the use or misuse of the information in the Helping Hands.

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