As a parent, it can be incredibly scary to feel that your child is running a temperature.

Especially for first time parents, it can be rather overwhelming the first time it happens..

It’s important to know that most children will, throughout their childhood, will develop fevers, regardless of how careful you are as a parent.

In most instances fevers are nothing to worry about but it may be useful to inform yourself about what you may expect, what is normal and what is not.

Have a thermometer ready.

Doctors advise that it is always a good thing to have a few thermometers available in your house. From regular oral thermometers to the more advanced temporal artery scanners, having at least one in the house will give you the ability to read your child’s exact temperature.

What can doctors tell us about fevers?

Dr Tracy Lim advises that a fever is defined as a temperature over 38 degrees celsius. A person’s normal body temperature should be resting around 37 degrees celsius.

Dr Lim highlights that there are times when you don’t need to worry:

  1. Fevers of less than 5 days:
    1. If your little one is still behaving as they usually do. She says you don’t need to be concerned if your child continues to be their normal playful self and keeps eating and drinking as normal. She explains that your child may seem extra tired.
  2. Low-Grade Fevers:
    1. If your child has been recently immunised. She states that these fevers after immunisation usually last less than 48 hours.
  3. Fever temperatures between 37 and 39 degrees celsius.
    1. Dr Schmitt, an expert is child fever, says that temperatures in this range is usually a sign that the body is fighting an infection and can do so on its own.

When doctors say to call for help.

  1. When a child younger than 3 months reaches a fever.
    1. Doctors say fevers can be an infant’s only way to respond to serious illness
  2. When a child’s fever lasts more than 5 days
    1. Underlying causes may need to be investigated
  3. When a child’s temperature is over 40 degrees celsius
  4. If you child’s fever doesn’t respond to fever reducers
  5. If your child is acting out of the norm
    1. Difficult to wake up
    2. Refusing liquids
    3. If babies aren’t wetting four diapers per day
    4. If older children aren’t urinating every 8 to 12 hours – dehydration could be a concern.
  6. If your child has been immunised and has a fever for more than 48 hours with a temperature over 38.9 celsius.
  7. If you are concerned
    1. If you are uncomfortable with your little one’s temperature or condition, you should call a trusted medical professional to discuss it

It is best to reach out to your trusted GP if you are at all concerned about your little one.

Disclaimer: All content on this site is general discussion only and nothing should be considered as medical advice. Always consult a doctor before making any changes to yours or your child’s diet, medical plan, or exercise routine.

Amy Henderson

Author Amy Henderson

Amy is a Journalist for HelloCare.

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