• Alert

    Alert - We encourage you to practice good hygiene and physical distancing to help slow the spread of germs. If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, coughing, sore throat or shortness of breath you should seek medical advice from a doctor (including pathology testing) and stay at home. Where any conflict may arise between the Department of Health’s advice and any information on this Website, please follow advice from the Department of Health’s “Health Alerts”  Click Here

    Fever in Children: Symptoms, Causes & Relief

    Fever in Children: Symptoms, Causes & Relief

    • A fever is a higher than normal temperature.
    • It’s usually caused by the body fighting an underlying infection, because raising the temperature makes it harder for bacteria and viruses to thrive.
    • Fevers are common in young children, but usually improve on their own.

    When to seek medical help

    A normal temperature for a child is around 36.5°C to 37.5°C, but can vary a little from child to child.

    You should see a doctor if you feel worried, or if your child is under three months and has a fever above 38°C, or if your child is immunocompromised (has a weakened immune system) due to a medical condition or medical treatment and has a fever above 38°C, even if they have no other symptoms.

    For all other children, take them to see a doctor if their temperature is above 38°C and they have any of the following symptoms:

    • a stiff neck or light is hurting their eyes
    • vomiting and refusing to drink much
    • a rash
    • more sleepy than usual
    • problems with breathing
    • pain that doesn’t get better with pain relief medication.

    Also take your child to a doctor if they:

    • have a fever above 40°C, but show no other symptoms
    • have had any fever for more than two days
    • seem to be getting more unwell
    • have had a febrile convulsion (fit that occurs when they have a fever).

    Signs and symptoms of fever in children

    • They feel hotter than usual
    • Have flushed cheeks
    • Are shivering

    How to relieve a fever

    • You can help your child feel better while they have a fever by allowing them to rest, and checking on them regularly.
    • Supply them with fluids, and make sure their room is well ventilated.
    • If your child is over 3 months, you can administer the recommended dosage of a fever-reducing medicine such as ibuprofen, the active ingredient in Nurofen for Children.