Fever: what to do and when to consult
A child with a fever can be very worrying for parents. Fever is an increase in body temperature and is a natural and important mechanism for fighting infection. A high temperature is not necessarily a sign of something serious. Your child’s behaviour needs to be taken into consideration as well. The aim is not to lower his temperature too much nor too fast but to make your child comfortable and to monitor him.
A few simple steps can make your child feel better (see below). If he is uncomfortable, you can give him some antipyretic medicine (to reduce the temperature). If your child’s behaviour is quite normal, do not worry and just watch him.
How do you know if your child has a fever? You may suspect that your child has a fever when he appears warm and/or his behaviour is altered. Use a digital thermometer to measure the temperature under the arm or in the ear.
What to do if your child has a fever? Here are a few simple things to do in case of fever:
What about medicines? It is not always necessary to give a medicine if the temperature is well tolerated. However you can start by giving some paracetamol (Doliprane, Calpol, Dafalgan ...) which is the 1st choice in the absence of contraindications. If paracetamol is not sufficient you can give a dose of Ibuprofen. Always ensure that the prescribed dosage, the minimum interval between 2 doses and the maximum number of daily doses are observed.
When should you consult a Doctor?
Consult on the same day: