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Baby and Child First Aid

First aid for babies and children:

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.


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.


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.


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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