What to do if your child has a fever
Having a fever – when the body’s temperature rises above 37ºC – is not an illness in itself. It is however, a symptom of another condition, most commonly an infection.
Why does temperature go up?
A rising temperature indicates that the body is trying to kill a virus or bacteria. If your child has a temperature, check for other signs of illness, including a sore throat or diarrhoea. If they have these signs, or feel unwell and you are worried, take them to a doctor whether they have a fever or not.
It’s a good idea to have a thermometer in your house. Digital thermometers are easy to read and can be used on all age groups. Talk to your Life Pharmacist about the best thermometer for your family.