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A high fever in children will normally get better on its own as your child fights off an infection. While they recover you can do some things to keep them comfortable. But sometimes, a fever can be the sign of a more serious illness. So, it’s important to keep an eye out for any changes in your child’s behaviour and any other symptoms.
For more information, see our sections: Self-help for fever in children and Symptoms of fever in children.
A child is considered to have a fever if their temperature is 38°C (100.4°F) or higher. The normal body temperature of children can vary and can go up and down in an individual child naturally throughout the day. But if it’s higher than 38°C (100.4°F), they have a fever.
Yes, you can let your child go to sleep but do check on them regularly during the night. If you’re at all concerned, contact your GP surgery or call an ambulance. For more information on how to assess your child’s fever and get an idea of what’s normal and when to get help, see our section: Symptoms of fever in children.
Your child or baby may look generally unwell if they’re dehydrated. They may pee less and have sunken eyes too. If they cry, they won’t produce any tears. Give your child something to drink regularly if they have a fever. If you’re breastfeeding, keep trying to feed your baby.
Yes, immunisation can sometimes cause a mild fever. Some vaccines – for example, tetanus – can cause a fever within a few hours. Others, such as the MMR vaccine, may lead to fever seven to 10 days later. When your child has a vaccine, ask your health professional what to do if your child develops a fever.
Febrile seizures (fits caused by a high temperature) can be very frightening but try to stay calm. Use your hands or a cushion to protect your child’s head. Once the seizure stops, put your child in the recovery position while they recover. Febrile seizures usually last just a few minutes and often don’t need any treatment. But if the seizure lasts for longer than five minutes, call for an ambulance.
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