High temperature. Caring for your child with a high temperature

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

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Temper Tantrums

Tantrums, Pyliau o dymer ddrwg

Outbursts of bad temper

Temper tantrums. Bouts of bad temper usually start about 18 months and are very common in toddlers. Hitting and biting is also common.

One reason for this is that young children want to express themselves, but it finds it difficult. They feel frustrated, and the frustration comes out in fits of bad temper.
Once a child can talk more, they are less likely to have bad bouts. By the age of four, the temper tantrums are much less common. These ideas may help you cope when they happen.

 Suggestions on how to cope

Find out why the bad temper happen

Your child may be tired or hungry, and if so the answer is simple. They could be frustrated or jealous, perhaps from another child. They may need time, attention and love, though they are not very happy.

Understand and accept your child’s anger

Sometimes you feel the same way with them at times, but you can express it in other ways.

Draw the child’s attention

If you think your child is about to start a bad temper, find something to get his attention straight away. This could be something you can see out of the window. For example, you could say, “Look, cat!”. Make yourself sound as excited as you can.

Wait for the child to stop

Losing your temper or shouting will not end the temper. Ignore the looks you get from people around you and focus on keeping calm.

Do not change your mind

Giving in will not help anything in the long term. If you have said no, do not change your mind and say yes to end the period. Otherwise, your child starts to think they can get tantrums at any time they want. For the same reason, it does not help bribe them with sweets.
If you’re home, try to go to another room for a while. Make sure your child cannot hurt themselves first.

Be ready when you shop

Bad tempers often occur in shops. This can be embarrassing, and embarrassment makes it harder to stay silent. Keep shopping trips as short as possible. Try to include your child in the shopping by talking about what you need and let them help you.

Try holding your child firmly until the tantrum are over

Some parents see this helpful, but it can be difficult to hold. It usually works when your child is more ‘upset’ than in a temper, and when you feel calm enough to talk to them gently and calm them down.

For more information, read the following on NHS Direct:

NHS Direct:   https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/temper-tantrums/

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

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