Pain Management for Kids

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:

  • Tears and irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • A flushed face
  • They’re not sleeping like normal
  • They touch the body part that hurts (if an ear or throat infection is causing the fever)

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