many parents do the WRONG thing when their child has a raised temperature.
They keep the child warm with lots of blankets on the bed. The windows
are kept closed and the heating is on because it is thought that
the child should sweat the fever out of the system!
is totally WRONG and is in fact VERY DANGEROUS!
child with a fever has a raised temperature and should, therefore,
be COOLED DOWN, because a raised temperature can cause the child's
brain to overheat, and when this happens the child could have a
convulsion or fit.
is a frightening sight for any parent and can easily be prevented
by correctly controlling the fever, so the child's temperature is
brought down, NOT sent even higher. This type of fit is called a
is a simple easy to remember fever control guide.
ROOM - open a window, turn the heating off. If possible, put an
electric fan in the room.
SPONGE - sponge your child's head, neck and arms with a sponge
or cloth soaked in cool water. If the child is prone to febrile
convulsions, cool sponging the whole body will be necessary to
get the temperature right down.
DRINKS - plenty of cool or iced drinks. Whatever you child fancies,
but avoid 'fizzy drinks' as these may cause vomiting if the child
is feeling nauseated.
BEDDING - probably one sheet with maybe a light blanket is all
that is necessary. The child may even kick these off if he is
uncomfortable. No duvets and no electric blankets!" ·
SYRUP - NOT aspirin. It has been found that a rare serious condition
called Reye's syndrome seems to be more common in children taking
asprin. Therefore, NEVER give asprin or medicines containing asprin
to any child under the age of 12 years. Use paracetamol syrup
following the dosage instructions on the bottle for your child's
- if your child has been given antibiotics by the doctor do ensure
that the full course is taken, even if the child is appearing
better within a couple of days . Most antibiotics should be taken
for a period of five days.
DON'T FORGET! Cool room - cool sponge - cool drinks - cool bedding
- plus paracetamol syrup and maybe antibiotics where necessary.
If fever persists or you are at all worried contact your G.P.