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How do I know when a fever is serious?

The average body temperature should be between 35°C and 37°C. A fever is considered to be occurring when the temperature reaches 37.8°C.
 
Fevers can happen if your child has a cold or the flu or even after receiving a vaccination. If your child develops a fever, keep an eye out for the following common symptoms:
  • Lethargy
  • Restless during the night
  • Cool hands and feet with hot forehead, tummy and back.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Shivering
  • Hot and flushed all over
  • Vomiting
Fevers can be regulated by keeping your child in a cool environment and cold compresses. If the fever persists, age-appropriate fever-reducing medication can be used.
 
If your child’s temperature reaches 38.6°C you are advised to seek medical help.

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Concern over give infants cold medicine
There are very specific guidelines when it comes to safely administering over the counter medications to babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Fever is often the first sign of an illness in children. When your child has a temperature it can be a worrying and stressful time.
Sore throats and coughs are two very common illnesses for children.
Once you have established your baby has a fever and have taken practical measures, such as placing them in a cooler environment, to combat this, a fever-reducing medication can be administered.
Febrile convulsions are caused by a rapid increase in the body temperature of young children.
Once you have established your baby has a slight fever, there are a number of measures you can take to keep it under control
If your baby has a slight fever, there are a number of measures you can take to keep it under control.
The average body temperature should be between 35°C and 37°C.
 
While a fever can be treated, it's important to keep in mind that fevers are usually the symptom of an illness and not the illness itself.

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