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High temperature (fever) in children


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A high temperature is 38C or more. A child with a high temperature might feel sweaty and hotter than usual when you touch their back or chest.

Things you can do to help lower your child's high temperature include giving them paracetamol and making sure they drink plenty of fluids.

A high temperature is the body's natural response to fighting infections. Illnesses like colds and chickenpox can cause a high temperature.

A high temperature (fever) is very common in young children. The temperature usually returns to normal within 3 or 4 days.

Page last reviewed: 21/12/2020
Next review due: 21/12/2023