Review decision: 

Following the recent surveillance review which checks  the need to update CG160, this guideline should not be updated at this time. This guideline will be checked again for update at its scheduled time point according to the methods described here.

Next review date: December 2016

This clinical guideline updates and replaces NICE NICE guideline CG47 (published May 2007). It offers evidence-based advice on the care of young children with feverish illness.

New and updated recommendations have been included in areas relating to assessment and initial management in children younger than 5 years with no obvious cause of feverish illness.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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