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How Can I Tell if My Baby’s Fever Is Serious?

The best way to tell if your baby has a fever is to touch their forehead. Your baby’s temperature you can normally confirm your suspicions and you can then figure out the best way to act. Read on.
A baby’s normal temperature is around 37 degrees Celsius, although you may find that your baby’s ‘norm’ is a little above or below.

If you think your baby has a fever, take his temperature and make a note of the result. Then repeat it 20 minutes later. If the temperature is rising rapidly (by a degree or more), try and keep your baby cool and call the doctor straight away.

If there are any other symptoms, such as convulsions, crying that is not due to colic, lethargy, limpness, a rash or discharge from the ear, call your GP immediately. If your baby resists having his head pulled gently towards their chest, is vomiting or has diarrhoea, they should be seen by a doctor.


How can I tell if my baby’s fever is serious?

  • If the fever is accompanied by a stiff neck, confusion or irritability
  • If your baby is under 3 months
  • If your child is between the age of 6 months and one year and has a fever for longer than 24 hours
  • If the fever stays at or above 38.5 Celsius despite treatment
Remember, you know your little one better than anyone. Know what to look for, be confident and trust your instincts. Never be afraid to consult your GP or pharmacist for advice.

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