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Guidance leaflet

Management of fever in children

This memo sheet offers a reminder of how to manage fever in children. Aetiological management is not covered (remember that the febrile child must be fully examined for aetiological investigation [checking for a severe bacterial infection, such as purpura]). 

Fever is defined as an elevation in core temperature above 38 °C, without intense physical activity, in a normally covered child, at a temperate ambient temperature.

 

Fever is not generally dangerous. A febrile child may present with a change in behaviour (apathy, anorexia, headache, decreased activity, etc.) which evidences, like the fever, his/her immune response. This situation may be uncomfortable and thus justifies treatment. The objective of the treatment is to reduce this discomfort and not to normalize the temperature.

Date
October 2016

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Posted on Oct 12 2016