High Temperatures in Children

Treating a fever or high temperature in children

High temperature or fever in children under five years of age, is a temperature of 38C (100.4F) or higher.
A high temperature is very common in young children and more than 60% of children between 6 months and five years old have suffered from fever.

A virus infection, such as a cold, is what usually causes a high temperature, and can usually be treated at home. A high temperature can cause concern to parents and carers, but most children recover without problems after a few days.

How to tell if your child is suffering from fever or high temperature

Your child may suffer fever if they:

  • Feel warmer than usual when you touch their foreheads, back or stomach
  • sweating
  • cheeks are red

If you suspect that your child has a fever, you should check their temperature with a thermometer.

  • Cheap digital thermometers are available from your local pharmacy, supermarket or online.
  • Forehead thermometers should not be used as they can give wrong results.
  • Read more about how to take your child’s temperature.

How to look after your child with a fever

To help keep your child comfortable, you should:

  • encourage them to drink enough fluids – offer breast-feeding regularly if you are breast-feeding
  • give them food if they want to eat
  • look for signs of dehydration – these can include a dry mouth, no tears, sunken eyes and, in babies, less wet nappies
  • look at your child from time to time during the night
  • keep them away from the nursery or school – tell the nursery or school that your child is ill
  • avoid bundling in too many clothes or bedding
  • get more tips on caring for a sick child read the following site:

NHS Direct: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/treating-high-temperature-children/

Alaw Davies BA Head of Plant y Cwm Enterprise Ltd Specialist childcare service provider

Join the newsletter for more information on this post

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: