The baby's fever

March 2017

Symptoms caused by a high fever


  • Crying
  • Grumpy, agitated, restless child
  • Tiredness and or floppy
  • When their temperature is very high, for example 39 degrees and above, children can have a febrile convulsion, this is characterised by:
    • Muscular spasms involving the whole body, with stiffness of the body and shaking all over.
    • Trembling
    • It lasts for approximately 20 seconds and no longer than 2 minutes


Seek medical advice if you child experiences a febrile convulsion.

Do not measure the temperature by placing your hand on the baby's forehead. To accurately measure your baby's temperature a digital thermometer is recommended.

What to do in case of a high fever?

  • Give Paracetamol regularly - check the dose for the age of your child and do not exceed the maximum daily dose.
  • Remove excess clothing and bedding, but do not strip your child naked.
  • Apply a damp face towel on his forehead
  • In the event of a very high temperature of 39 degrees, bathe him in a tepid bath two degrees lower than his temperature: in the event of a temperature of 40 degrees for example, the bath will need be 38 degrees.
  • Check that the temperature of the bedroom is not too high and does not exceed 19 or 20 degrees.
  • Offer your baby lots of fluids
  • Do not give any another medicine without medical advice</gras
  • Consult your doctor if the fever persists or worsens and if other symptoms appear: diarrhea, stomach pains, vomiting, or ESPECIALLY if has a RASH ...


Always seek medical advice especially if your child is under 6 months of age

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