Fever in children

Fever in children

A fever is an increase in your child's normal body temperature. Fever in children is common but it can cause anxiety for parents and carers. You may seek support from healthcare services but in most cases you can be reassured that your child is best cared for at home. You may want support and advice to do this confidently.

Almost all children with a fever recover quickly and without problems. In a very small proportion of children the fever may not improve or the child's health may worsen, which can sometimes be a sign of a serious illness or infection, such as pneumonia, a urine infection or meningitis.

If you are concerned about your child's fever, you can seek support from a healthcare professional, for example, your GP.

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