Childhood fever

Childhood fever

How do I know if my child has a fever?

If your child feels hot to touch and looks red or flushed, he or she

probably has a fever (a temperature over 37.5 degrees centigrade). You can check this with a thermometer.

Try not to panic. Remember that children, especially under the age of five, are much more likely to run a high temperature than adults. Usually fever indicates an infection but in the majority of cases this infection in children is caused by a virus rather than bacteria. Therefore, antibiotics are unlikely to help and the most important issue is to lower the temperature as a sustained high temperature in small children may lead to fits (febrile convulsions).

You can treat a fever by:

Important things to remember:

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