A fever is a high temperature. When someone’s body temperature
goes above the normal body temperature of 37°C (98. 6°F), this is
called a fever.
Usually fevers are caused by infections or illnesses, such as a
sore throat, earache, or chickenpox.
Fevers are common in children and, though worrying for parents,
they often go away without treatment.
But if a young child’s temperature goes above 39°C (102. 2°F)
this can be dangerous and might trigger a seizure (fit).
Watch our video - Fever
What to look for - Fever
These are the six key things to look for when someone has a
Early signs of fever:
1.High temperature - above 37°C (98. 6°F)
2. Pale skin
3. They may feel cold, with goose pimples, shivering and
4. Hot, flushed skin and sweating
6. General aches and pains
What you need to do - Fever
• If you notice some of these symptoms, take their
temperature using a thermometer.
• If their temperature is above 37°C, it’s a fever.
• Help make them comfortable and keep them cool, ideally in
bed with a sheet or light duvet.
• Give them plenty of cool drinks to replace any fluid they
lose from sweating.
• If they’re feeling unwell, you can give them the
recommended dose of paracetamol (remember - don’t give
aspirin-based medication to anyone under 16).
• Check their breathing, pulse and level of response until
they’re feeling better.
• If you’re worried about their condition then call their
local doctor’s surgery, or NHS advice line for free on 111 for
advice in England and Scotland (for Wales call 0845 46 47).
• If their temperature is above 39°C, call the doctor, or
the NHS advice line for free on 111 for advice in England and
Scotland (for Wales call 0845 46 47).
• If they seem to be getting worse then call 999/112
for emergency medical help and be prepared to treat them
for a seizure.