How should I care for my child during the fever?

You know your child best – you will intuitively know how to comfort your child and make it feel better. Depending on how high the actual body temperature of your child is, there are certain measures that you can take. Here are some tips that might be helpful:

In case of increased temperature (37.6 °C - 38.4 °C)
  • Give special care and attention to your child. Ill children feel better and safer when they are pampered by their parents.
  • Confine your child to bed. Rest is important for recovery.
  • Make sure your child drinks enough. Offer something to drink every 30 minutes.
  • Check your child’s temperature at regular intervals.
  • When your child recovers, you do not need to take any further action.
In case of fever (38.5 °C - 38.9 °C)
  • Give special care and attention to your child. Ill children feel better and safer when they are pampered by their parents.
  • Confine your child to bed. Rest is important for recovery.
  • Make sure your child drinks enough. Offer something to drink every 30 minutes.
  • Check your child’s temperature at regular intervals.
  • Only offer light, easily digestible food.
  • Give fever-reducing medicine if needed but only after consulting your GP (general practitioner) or other health care providers.
In case of high fever (39.0 °C and above)
  • Give special care and attention to your child. Ill children feel better and safer when they are pampered by their parents.
  • Confine your child to bed. Rest is important for recovery.
  • Make sure your child drinks enough. Offer something to drink every 30 minutes.
  • Check your child’s temperature at regular intervals.
  • Only offer light, easily digestible food.
  • Give fever-reducing medicine if needed but only after consulting your GP (general practitioner) or other health care providers.
  • Lukewarm sponge baths may give your child some relief of the fever.
Also consider trying the measures listed below to keep your child more comfortable.
  • Do not bundle up your child with too much clothes and blankets. This can result in a heat build-up.
  • Depending on the room temperature, cover your child with a thin blanket.
  • Give your child a lukewarm sponge bath.
  • Maintain the water balance of your child to avoid dehydration.
  • Give medicine in the correct dose if needed. Do consult a doctor before giving medication.

If you feel that your child does not get better despite of all your efforts, it is time to seek out professional medical help.

Should I call the doctor?

It is not always necessary to contact your doctor because of increased temperature or a fever. Here is some help in deciding if you should call the doctor or not:

In case of fever contact your doctor:
  • If your child is in a poor condition and getting worse.
  • If the fever is accompanied by diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
  • If, in case of toddlers under 2 years of age, the fever lasts for more than one day.
  • If the fever lasts for more than three days.
  • If the fever is reoccurring and relapsing.
  • If the fever does not decline in spite of fever reducing measures, such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol.
  • If your child does not drink enough.
  • If your child has febrile seizures.
Fever in  Children