Fever

​Fever as such is not a dangerous condition

 

Fever is the body’s natural reaction against infections. Most fevers are caused by viral infections, but bacteria and other causes of infections may also raise body temperature. If in addition to fever your child has other serious symptoms, such as breathing difficulties, hematomas or neck stiffness, seek medical assistance without delay.

Cool ambient temperature

 

A child with fever will be more comfortable and sleep better when the room temperature is sufficiently cool. High ambient temperatures may cause the fever to rise. Remove excessive bedding and clothes. Draughts and cool air do not cause a runny or blocked nose, cough or fever – they are always the result of a virus or bacterial infection.

Antipyretics

 

If your child has a high fever (over 39°C), administer antipyretics in addition to controlling the room temperature. Children with a high fever need to drink significantly more fluids than when the temperature is lower. Some children have a tendency to suffer from febrile convulsions. These can be avoided by controlling the fever. Give your child antipyretics to reduce the fever. You can give paracetamol (Panadol, Para-Suppo) 10 to 15 mg per kg three to four times a day. Other antipyretics include Burana, Brufen and Naprosyn. Follow the instructions on the package leaflet!

Food and drinks

 

Fever typically makes children lose their appetite. Eating while sick is not necessary, but it is important to offer plenty of fluids. Choose drinks that contain calories. Children will recover their appetite when the temperature subsides.
How to take a child's temperature

Temperature is most reliably measured when the child has just woken up or is still asleep. The temperature of a restless or very active small child can easily exceed 38°C, even when the child is perfectly healthy.

Antibiotics

 

Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics are not antipyretic drugs and they are not effective in treating viral infections. Always administer antibiotics regularly and finish the prescription even though the symptoms abate after a few days. With antibiotic treatment, fever will subside in 2 to 3 days. Antipyretics can be given together with antibiotics to reduce fever, if necessary.´

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