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    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 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.