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What is a fever?

A body’s temperature is controlled by a part of the brain called the hypothalamus.
Normally a body’s temperature is kept at 37°C; however this can change slightly over the course of the day. Your child’s temperature may rise slightly while they are running around or playing and can even be a little lower when they wake up in the morning.
When a person becomes ill or has an infection, the hypothalamus will raise the body’s default temperature. This is known as a fever. Scientists believe this because it helps the body fight the bacteria or virus by making the body an uncomfortable place to be.
However, it’s important to monitor a fever as sometimes a body can raise the temperature too high, in which case it can be serious and lead to complications.
Fevers can usually be controlled with paracetamol or ibuprofen. Talk to your pharmacist to ensure you use a product suitable for your child’s age range.

More questions

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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