Fever in babies
If your baby has a fever or high temperature it can be very
worrying. Fever can be common in babies and most recover without
any problems. You may notice they are hot with flushed skin but may
become cold to the touch, with pale skin.
If their temperature is above 37ºC your baby has a fever.
A temperature above 38ºC is unusual in a young baby under 3
months, so seek advice quickly.
In babies of 3-6 months, seek advice if their temperature is
above 39ºC . Temperatures above 39ºC may indicate that your baby
has an underlying infection and may trigger a febrile
Watch our video - what to do if your baby has a fever
What to do:
1. Temperature: check their temperature using
an electronic thermometer placed under the armpit or a digital ear
2. Seek help: call 999/112 for emergency help
or take your baby to see their GP or healthcare professional.
3. Make them comfortable: don’t overdress them
or remove too much clothing.
4. Give them regular drinks: if they are
breastfed, feed them regularly. If your baby is no longer
breastfeeding, you can offer them water to drink. If your baby is
distressed you can give them the recommended dose of
5. Monitor: keep checking your baby’s
breathing, temperature and level of response.