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InformationChild Fever - What to do if your child has a temperature

What is a temperature?

A fever is common in children and most children recover quickly and without problems. A fever is when the body’s temperature rises above normal. The average normal body temperature taken in the mouth is 37°C but anywhere between 36.5°C and 37.2°C is normal.

What to do if your child has a temperature:

Give either paracetamol or ibuprofen for discomfort or distress but not for the sole reason of reducing the temperature. If the child does not respond to the first medication, you can also give the other. Trying to cool your child with a wet cloth or sponge is not recommended as shivering can cause the child’s temperature to rise further.  Give regular fluids, breast milk if the child is breast-fed. Do not under dress or over-wrap your child, for example, when indoors a single layer of clothing (ie a T-shirt) and no blankets is normally fine.

If your child suffers any of these symptoms, then call 999 immediately

You should contact your own GP or 111, if your child displays any of the following symptoms:

Not sure what do to when your child is unwell?

Have a look at the HANDi Paediatric App  

This a mobile app that will give you up-to-date advice about common childhood illnesses and how to treat them.


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