Fever In Children. Patience or Panic?


Fever in Children

Fever is high temperature.

As a general rule, in children, a temperature of over 37.5C (99.5F) is a fever.

As a parent, it can be extremely worrying if your child has a high temperature. However, it’s very common and often clears up by itself without treatment.

The easiest way to find out whether your child has a fever is to take their temperature using a thermometer. Always have one in your First Aid Kit.

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In healthy kids, fevers don’t indicate anything serious. Fever in Children

Although it can be frightening when your child’s temperature rises, fever itself causes no harm and can actually be a good thing – it’s often the body’s way of fighting infections.

And not all fevers need to be treated.

High fever, however, can make a child uncomfortable and make problems (such as dehydration) worse.

 

When To Seek Urgent Medical Advice For A Fever

If your child:

  • is under three months old and has a temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above
  • is between three and six months old and has a temperature of 39C (102F) or above.
  • is 1 to 2 years old with a high fever (39.5C/103F) lasting more than 24 hours.
  • is any age with a temperature of 40C/104 F or higher.

 

You should also seek medical advice if your child has other signs of being unwell, such as persistent vomiting, refusal to feed, floppiness, drowsiness and rashes.

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