A child has a fever when his or her temperature is over about 37.50 C.
Most fevers in children are caused by harmless viral infections. The fever helps the body fight the infection and generally does no harm. A fever under 400 C does not require treatment unless the child is uncomfortable.
The important question is 'What is causing the fever?' Is it just a head cold or could it be something more serious, such as pneumonia or meningitis?
There are 3 places to check for fever:
- Under the arm (all ages)
- In the mouth (over about 5 years)
- In the ear (all ages)
Plastic tape thermometers on the forehead are not reliable.
Please note this information was correct at time of printing.
For up to date information, speak to your doctor.Source: Spring 2006 Edition | Page 4
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