Fever isn’t unusual when your child is unwell, but it can be worrying if you don’t know how to help and when to call the doctor
It’s not common for children to have a fever when they’re unwell.
However, it can be worrying for you as a parent to wake up in the middle of the night to find that your child has a temperature.
Here’s how you can comfort and help relieve your little one’s fever and recognise when you should seek medical help.
What causes fever?
A fever is an increase in body temperature. It’s part of our body’s normal response to infections and it plays an important role in fighting them. Your child’s temperature will return to normal once the infection has gone.
Apart from discomfort, a fever won’t generally cause problems for your child. You just have to keep a close eye on them and do your best to keep them comfortable.
Does my child have a fever?
If you’re not sure if your child has a fever, start by taking their temperature. The following are generally accepted values:
- In the armpit – Above 37°C
- Under the tongue – Above 37.5°C
- In the ear – Above 38°C
- On the forehead (temporal artery thermometer) – Above 38°C
You should also keep an eye out for signs and symptoms like chills and shivering, redness or flushing, loss of appetite, irritability or tiredness and dehydration.
How can I help relieve the fever?
It’s important to keep your child hydrated with fluids, make sure they’re well-rested and keep them cool in light clothing.
If your child is suffering from pain and discomfort with their fever, an over-the-counter medication containing paracetamol – such as Panadol – can help. The correct dose for Children’s Panadol depends on your child’s body weight, so make sure you know what it is. Extra care should be taken not to give your child any other medications containing paracetamol, to avoid accidental overdose.
To make sure you are giving your child the right dose, always stick to a medication routine and refer to the product label for dosing instructions. This handy Children’s Panadol Online Dosage Calculator will help you work out the recommended dose. Then, to help you measure out the correct amount for your child, Children’s Panadol comes with an easy-to-use dosing device.
Consult your nurse, doctor or pharmacist if you are in any doubt. Also, if your child continues to be uncomfortable or distressed after treatment, visit your doctor as soon as you can.
Why choose Panadol?
It’s only natural that as parents, we wish to feel confident and assure when it comes to making our kids feel better. Children’s Panadol is recommended for the relief of pain and fever in children and is trusted by mums and dads across the world. Children’s Panadol contains paracetamol, which is an active ingredient that has been trusted for over 60 years to relieve pain and fever in children.
Because it’s tough on fever and gentle on little tummies, Children’s Panadol is a suitable choice for kids. Children’s Panadol is available in a variety of formulations including baby drops, elixirs, suspensions, suppositories, chewable tablets and soluble tablets.
A range of tailored products covers children aged from one month up to twelve years. It’s important to match your child’s weight to the corresponding dose on the label.
When should you see a doctor?
You should seek medical attention if your child:
- Is under three months old and has a fever
- Is above three months old and has a temperature of 40°C or more
- Has a fever that persists for more than 2 or 3 days
- Refuses to drink water or urinates less often (indicating possible dehydration)
- Develops a rash
- Has frequent bouts of vomiting and diarrhea
- Is listless or weak
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Children’s Panadol contains paracetamol. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. Use only as directed. For the temporary relief of pain and fever. Incorrect use could be harmful. Consult your healthcare professional if symptoms persist.