A high temperature is very common in young children. The temperature usually returns to normal within 3 or 4 days.
A normal temperature in babies and children is about 36.4C, but this can vary slightly from child to child. A high temperature is 38C or more. A high temperature is the body's natural response to fighting infections like coughs and colds. Many things can cause a high temperature in children, from common childhood illnesses like chickenpox and tonsillitis, to vaccinations.
Your child might:
Use a digital thermometer, which you can buy from pharmacies and supermarkets, to take your child's temperature.
Most fevers are caused by infections or other illnesses. The high body temperature makes it more difficult for the bacteria and viruses that cause infections to survive.
Common conditions that can cause fevers include:
Call your doctor immediately, if your child:
It is not necessary to give your child medicine. Fever will go away on its own. Medication is only needed if your child is in pain or drinking poorly. Does your baby have a fever and is less than 3 months old? Then go and see your doctor. From 3 months old, children may be given paracetamol.
|Age of your child:||Weight of your child:||Which paracetamol:
||How much paracetamol at a time:||How many pills maximum per day (24 hours)||When to take the next pill:|
|3 months or older||3.0 - 5.5 kilograms||60 mg, via the anus||1 pil of
|2-3||After 8-12 hours|
|3 - 12 months||5.5 - 10 kilograms||120 mg, via the anus
||1 pil of 120 mg||2-3||After 8-12 hours|
|1-2 years||10 - 12.5 kilograms||240 mg, via the anus
||1 pil of 240 mg||2-3||After 8-12 hours|
|2-4 years||12.5 - 17 kilograms||240 mg, chewable tablet by mouth||2 tablets of 120 mg||3||After 8 hours|
|4 - 6 years||17 – 22 kilograms||240 mg, chewable tablet by mouth
||2 tablets of 120 mg||4||After 6 hours|
|6 - 9 years||22 - 30 kilograms||250 mg, melting tablet on the tongue
||1 tablet of 250 mg||6||After 4 hours|
|9 - 12 years||30 – 40 kilograms||250 mg, melting tablet on the tongue
||2 tablets of 250 mg||3-4||After 6 hours|
|12 - 15 years||40 – 55 kilograms||250 mg, melting tablet on the tongue
||2 tablets of 250 mg||4-6||After 4 hours|
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