Prevention and cure

You can take control in looking after your toddler’s health. You’ll probably find your daily routine helps you keep an eye on their wellbeing. You’re the person most familiar with your toddler’s health, so follow your instincts if you think there’s something wrong that should be looked at by the doctor. As a quickstart, you can avoid accidents just by keeping your home tidy, while not smoking will be good for both of you. You will also need to make sure your tot has all their immunisations and check-ups.

ALWAYS CALL THE DOCTOR OR NHS 24 OUT OF HOURS IF YOUR TODDLER:

  • cries constantly and can’t be comforted
  • seems drowsy and won’t wake up
  • has a fever that lasts for more than three days
  • doesn’t seem to be getting better after an operation or after a course of treatment for an illness.

NHS24: Dial '111' (freephone)

Check these household items are clean

Help! My toddler:

Has a temperature
Won’t give up his dummy

Check these household items are clean

  • Floors, bedding, clothes, towels and soft toys. Watch for any build-up of moulds or dustmites that can trigger allergies such as asthma.
  • Kitchen surfaces; don’t let pets go near family food. Always keep separate chopping boards for meat/poultry and vegetables/bread.

Help! My toddler...

. . . has a temperature

  • Encourage them to rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • They don’t have to stay in bed unless they want to. It’s ok for them to be with you as long as they can rest. Avoid exciting games and toys. Do quiet things with them until they feel better.
  • If they’re staying in bed, take the duvet or blanket off if they start sweating.
  • Keep the room cool – open a window if it’s hot.
  • Dress them in just a nappy, or pants if they’re toilet trained.
  • Give your toddler paracetamol syrup (Calpol) or ibuprofen (Nurofen for children) – and always stick to the recommended dose. And remember: never give aspirin to a child under 16.
  • Teething does not give a child a fever.

. . . won’t give up his dummy

  • Your new baby may find the dummy comforting, but future problems can be avoided if you can control its use from the start.
  • Your first child may cheerfully give up the dummy - but for a sibling it can become an obsession, and you’ll have to wean them off it.

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Last updated: 7 February 2018
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