Our ForumCategory: QuestionsFever in Children High Temperature, what do I do?
Dr James Moyo Staff asked 7 months ago
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Dr James Moyo Staff answered 7 months ago

A fever occurs when your child’s body temperature is higher than normal. Normal body temperature varies a little, but a temperature above 38°C is considered a fever.
You do not need to use paracetamol and ibuprofen if your child is comfortable and not distressed by the fever, aches or pains.
A child with a fever may look flushed and irritable and they may not feel like doing very much.
Make your child comfortable – details below.
Check for signs of lack of fluid in the body (dehydration).
Check for signs of serious infection.
Keep your child off school or nursery until they are better.
In most bouts of fever that are not caused by serious illness, the temperature generally comes down quickly. It is not unusual to see a child play happily after an hour or so, when their temperature has come down and they have had a good drink. It is reassuring if a child improves with the drop in temperature.
At any age, a child with a serious infection usually gets worse despite efforts to bring their temperature down. In addition, they may have other worrying symptoms. For example, breathing problems, drowsiness, convulsions, pains, or headaches which become worse. But – use your instincts. If you think a child is getting worse, get medical help, even if they don’t quite fit the ‘rules’ described here. Note: you should check on your child 2-3 times in the night if they have a fever, to make sure they are not developing a serious infection.