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A child’s body temperature can rise as a way to fight viral infections like colds and flu. Fever can also be caused by teething, earache, sore throat, headache and immunisations.
Most children’s normal body temperature hovers around 37°C. Body temperatures of over 38°C (if measured in the mouth) or 37.5°C (in the ear) are considered a fever.
How to measure a fever
An ear thermometer is quick, accurate, will give you a reading in seconds, and is the best type of thermometer to use with young children. Digital thermometers used under the tongue also measure accurately after 2 - 3 minutes but may not be suitable for very young children if they have glass components. Armpit thermometers are another alternative. Your local Unichem or Life Pharmacy has a range of different thermometers and your Pharmacist can help you choose the best one.
What to look for
In addition to using an ear or mouth thermometer to check for a raised temperature, there are signs that your child could have a fever. Look for:
Head lice or nits tend to be most common in young children from the ages of 4 to 11, and while it’s essentially harmless, it can be very annoying for your children as they can cause a very itchy scalp. If not treated, they can live in the hair for a long time and easily pass onto friends and family.
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