FEVERS IN CHILDREN: SIGNS AND 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.
FEVERS IN CHILDREN: SIGNS AND RELIEF
A fever is a higher than normal body 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.
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Signs and symptoms of fever in children
If they feel hotter than usual, have flushed cheeks, or are shivering, then take their temperature with a thermometer.
How to take a child’s temperature
Depending on your child’s age, you might need to try different approaches.
Under 4 weeks:
Hold a digital thermometer in place in your child’s armpit. Putting it in their mouth or bottom is not recommended because it’s uncomfortable for them and often inaccurate.
4 weeks to 5 years old:
There are a few ways of taking a temperature if your child falls in this age range, including:
- Digital thermometer in their armpit.
- Infrared tympanic thermometer in the ear.
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.
Why Ibuprofen can help
Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory that helps reduce pain. It can also be used to help relieve fever in children.
Why Nurofen For Children can help your child
Nurofen for Children oral suspensions are suitable for babies and children from 3 months old, offering relief from fever for up to 8 hours.* For older children who don’t want to take a syrup, Nurofen for Children is also available as a soft chewable capsule for children over 7 years old.
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 your child is under three months of age or they seem to be getting worse.
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:
- blue lips and tongue
- vomiting and refusing to drink much
- a rash
- more sleepy than usual
Also take your child to a doctor if they:
- have had any fever for more than two days
- have a stiff neck or light is hurting their eyes
- have a sore throat or joint pains
- have severe pain or pain that doesn’t get better with pain relief medication
- are not doing a wee
- have diarrhoea
- have an unusual high-pitched cry
This article is for general information only and not intended as a substitute for medical advice. All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health-related matters, always consult your healthcare professional.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Incorrect use could be harmful. Do not use if your child has a stomach ulcer. TAPS-NA12948. RB-M-06955.
*Autret-Leca E, et al. 2007.