A: To promote your child's recovery from a fever, you should:
A: Children are more prone to getting fevers as their immune systems are not fully developed.
A fever is a sign of the body fighting an infection such as a viral or bacterial infection. These are more common in the first few years of life.
A: Body temperatures rise naturally in the evening, so a slight fever in the day can easily spike during sleep.
When your child has a fever, you should:
A: It depends on the temperature you set. Generally, it is recommended to keep the room at a moderate temperature – not too hot and not too cold.
You may use air conditioning or a fan on its low setting to achieve temperatures between 24 – 26 degrees celsius. Avoid blasting air conditioning directly towards your baby.
Raise the temperature further or switch off the air-con if your child starts shivering with a temperature rise.
A: Depending on your type of fever medicine, you may:
Note: Always make sure that your child is sitting upright before giving any medication. If your child still manages to spit some medicine out, do not give your child another dose. Only give an extra dose if your child has vomited out their medicine soon after taking it.
A: You can sponge your baby's body using lukewarm water. Use a wet towel to sponge their forehead, neck, armpits and groin. It is important to dry your child off immediately after to avoid the chills.
A short, 15-minute bath in lukewarm water can also help to bring your child's fever down. Ensure that the water does not get cold, and take them out if they start shivering.
Note: Do not use cold or iced water, and avoid sponging your child for more than 30 minutes at a time.
A: In general, children with fever and vomiting should drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. If your:
A: Some parents believe that teething can cause a fever. However, there is no evidence to support this. Teething may cause your baby's temperature to increase slightly, but not enough to cause a fever.
If your baby has a fever when they are teething, it is likely due to an infection they have caught. Infections are more likely in babies who are teething due to frequent mouthing of fingers and other items.
A: Fevers are a sign that your child is actively fighting an infection they have caught. Although medicine may bring the fever symptoms down, your child may still be contagious.
To keep other children safe, it is best for your child to stay home until they are fever-free for about 24 hours.
A: If your child is experiencing a febrile seizure, it is important to avoid panicking, stay calm and observe the child. Most fever-induced seizures last for less than 3 minutes.
During a febrile seizure, keep your child safe and prevent any accidental injury by:
Once your child is fully awake, give them medication (paracetamol or ibuprofen) to reduce fever.
Note: If your child's convulsions last for 5 minutes or longer, call 995 or bring them to our A&E clinic.