How high should a fever get before I take my child to hospital?
Post Date
23rd April 2014
How high should a fever get before I take my child to hospital?

Q How high should a fever get before I take my child to hospital?

A Fever is your child’s natural response to an infection and indicates that his or her body is doing its job by fighting off illness. Nine out of ten children with a fever will have a viral illness such as a cold, flu or gastroenteritis. Other common causes include ear or urinary infections. Fevers in children usually pass on their own once the illness or infection has cleared, although you can help bring the temperature down by giving your child a dose of age-appropriate fever medication. It’s not so much about the reading on the thermometer (although if it keeps climbing and you are worried, see a doctor) as about what other symptoms are present. Sometimes, a fever can be a sign of something more serious. Seek prompt medical attention if your child has a fever and:

  • is less than three months old
  • has a stiff neck, rash or shows sensitivity to light
  • is confused, listless or drowsy
  • has a fit or seizure
  • has breathing difficulties or trouble swallowing
  • is vomiting and refusing to drink
  • is in pain
  • is no better after 2-3 days


Nurofen for Children Range
With an easy to use dosing device, Nurofen delivers temporary relief from pain and fever in children aged three months and over. It can start working in 15 minutes and also lasts up to 8 hours on fevers*. It also provides fast, effective relief for pain associated with teething, toothache, earache, sore throats, headache, minor aches, sprains and strains and colds and flu. Available for children 3 months to 12 months, 1-5 years old and 5-12 years old in two pleasant flavours – orange and strawberry.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Do not give to babies under 3 months of age. Seek medical advice for children under 12 months of age.
*Pelen Fet al. Ann Pediatr 1998; 45(10): 719-28, Autrect-Leca E et al. Cutt Med Res Opin 2007; 23(9): 2205-11.