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Baby and Child First Aid

First aid for babies and children:
fever

Watch the video, in which a child is treated for a fever, and remind yourself of the key steps below.

 

The baby or child has a raised temperature (above 37°C), hot, flushed skin and is sweating.

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In the early stages of fever, a baby or child may have a raised temperature but complain they feel cold, and look pale. A baby or child may also complain of a headache.

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Check their temperature by using a thermometer.

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A moderate fever may not be harmful but should be monitored. In young children, a temperature above 39°C can be dangerous.

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Remove excess clothes and give them fluids such as water or diluted juice.

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This will cool the baby or child and help to prevent them becoming dehydrated. Do not cover the baby or child with blankets or anything that may make them hotter.

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Give the recommended dose of paracetamol syrup.

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This will help to reduce the baby or child’s temperature and pain.

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