Toddler Has Fever But Without Other Symptoms, Why?

Fever can be ascertained by placing one’s hand on the forehead of the person suffering from fever. In most cases fever is accompanied by other symptoms like flu and cold. Some might even have diarrhea among the list of additional symptoms. Though, in most cases fever occurs with additional symptoms, there have been accounts of fever happening without any other symptoms. This article examines such cases in detail.

Possible Causes for Toddler Fever No Other Symptoms

The rise of body temperature above normal points out that the body is fighting an infection which can either be viral or bacterial. Fever is the only symptom of such kind of infection in the beginning 2-3 days. However as the infection continues other symptoms also start appearing. The following are some health problems which are marked by the fever in the beginning.

1. Vaccination

Vaccination is a way of keeping children safe from a host of dangerous infections, yet they also result in contracting side effects like fever. In case your child is suffering from fever and has had a vaccination in recent days, the vaccination might be the reason for the fever.

2. Roseola

Children also face fever of different degrees due to roseola. The fever subsides after 2-3 days and leaves visible skin rashes on arms, legs and neck. Swollen eyelids, fatigue and loss of appetite also appear after fever due to roseola. So if your toddler has fever without other symptoms, you might take the possibility of roseola into your consideration.

3. Ear Infections

A fever with no other symptoms might also be caused by ear infections. No other symptoms will only be apparent for a few days in case of ear infections because hearing problems will appear soon.

4. Bug Bite

Another cause which can result in fever in kids is bite of an insect. Mostly insect bite results in fever in kids who are allergic to them. The fever caused by a bug bite is mostly not very high and causes a rash on the skin in place where insect bit and a slight feeling of nausea.

5. Bacteremia

In case your baby is suffering from a high grade fever it might point to the fact that he/she is suffering from bacteremia. Bacteremia is a health condition in which bacteria are present in the blood of the baby.

6. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Urinary Tract Infection is a bacterial infection that can attack any portion of the urinary tract from kidneys to bladder and from ureters to urethra. A difficulty in urinating, nausea and fever are some of the symptoms that are associated with UTI.

7. Meningitis

Meningitis is caused by the inflammation of meninges which is a membrane that surrounds the brain and shields brain from outside influences. This disease is caused by either a bacterial or a viral infection. Bacterial infection is critical and can be life threatening whereas viral infection is not that severe. Most cases of meningitis are caused by viral infections and other symptoms of the condition are severe headache and a rigid neck.

Can I Use Fever-Reducing Medicine for Toddler Fever No Other Symptoms?

Whenever your child is suffering, you want to make sure that you do something urgently to relieve the symptoms at least. In case your baby is suffering from fever you can get him over the counter fever medicine to relieve his/her fever. However, there are a few things that you must consider before buying these medicines.

  • The medicine cannot completely eliminate fever. You must realize that medications are just going to make your child feel better and comfortable. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen would not in any way cure your kids’ health issue. They would only bring down your kid’s temperature by one or two degrees, but would not completely eliminate fever. The reason is because fever is in fact a tool used by the body to fight infection because germs are comfortable at normal body temperature and die as temperature increases.
  • Choose the suitable fever reliever. You must choose the medicine wisely for your kid. In case your baby is not more than 6 months you must not give ibuprofen to your baby, though ibuprofen is known to bring fever down much quickly. Acetaminophen is approved for such babies but it has been known to cause stomach problems for babies with delicate stomachs.
  • Stick with one fever reliever. Doctors suggest that one should not mix medicine because it can result in over medication of your child. The two medicines mostly mixed are acetaminophen and ibuprofen which might be beneficial in decreasing your kids’ fever quicker, but is NOT recommended by experts.
  • Read the instruction carefully. Make sure that while you are giving medicine to your child, read the labels cautiously. Also make sure that the dose you give your baby is according to the weight of your baby. Most medicines contain a dropper to give medicine to babies. The dropper of one medicine should not be used to administer dosage of another medicine.

When to See a Doctor

You must take your baby to the doctor immediately if he/she is less than 2 months old. In case the baby is more than 2 months old, he/she should be taken to the physician immediately if the kid is lethargic and appears to be very ill. If your baby is finding it difficult to breathe or is bleeding from the skin, it is a sign that you must take your toddler to the doctor as soon as possible. Headache, neck stiffening or confusion are also warning signs in a baby more than 2 months old and in such a circumstance the baby should be taken to the physician. Apart from these conditions, kids should be taken to the hospital in case the fever continues for more than five days or if fever rises above 102.2 °F.