High temperature

High temperature


A high temperature or fever is 38°C or higher and is a symptom of many common illnesses. A fever helps the body to fight infections by stimulating the immune system.

Keep your child cool by undressing them to their underwear. Keep their room cool (18°C or 65°F) and open a window if necessary. Reduce night-time bedding to a light cotton sheet. Encourage your child to drink cool, clear fluids. Give children’s liquid paracetamol or ibuprofen regularly always checking the instructions for the right dose and for how often it can be given.

If the temperature gets worse despite attempts to bring it down or if the fever is accompanied by confusion, drowsiness, difficulty in breathing or sensitivity to light, seek medical advice from NHS 111.

Find out more at the NHS website

Last modified: 

10 Sep 2018