What to do if a child has a fever
Know how to diagnose and treat a fever, and when it's time to seek medical advice.
If a little one is hurt or unwell, it can be difficult to know whether or not to go to hospital. Trying some first aid first can help you find out what's wrong, relieve symptoms and know whether you need further help.
A fever can be caused by an illness such as a cold or ear infection.
Check their temperature - anything above 37 degrees Celsius is a fever. For anything above 39 degrees Celsius, still give first aid, but seek medical advice as well.
To reduce their temperature, remove excess clothing. Give them fluids to drink. Give the recommended dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen syrup. This will help reduce pain and distress.
If you're worried and don't know what to do, you can seek advice from your GP, walk-in centre, or by calling NHS 111.
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