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Fever is a sign of infection in the body which leads to a rise in body temperature. It is often caused by a virus or sometimes bacteria. Viral infections, which are far more common, do not need antibiotics. Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics.
The fever is a way in which the body fights infection, and your child's temperature will return to normal when the infection has completely gone.
A normal temperature range for a child is usually up to 37.5° C.
A high fever does not necessarily mean your child has a serious illness. However, young babies with fever do need to be checked carefully by a doctor.
If your child's temperature rises suddenly this can cause a febrile seizure. Even though seizures are uncommon it is helpful to know what a seizure is just in case your child has one. Sometimes a seizure happens when parents are not aware their child has a fever.
At home you can make your child more comfortable
Make sure you have a thermometer that works and you know how to use it. Mercury and digital thermometers are more accurate. Plastic tape thermometers used on the forehead are not reliable. Ask your Pediatric Clinic or Ward staff to show you how to use your thermometer. The thermometer needs to be in place for two minutes to get a correct reading.
Please call the Pediatric or General Emergency on 1830003, extensions 1043 or 1013 with any questions or concerns.