What should I give my child if they have a fever?
Post Date
23rd April 2014
What should I give my child if they have a fever?

Q What should I give my child if they have a fever?

A Fever is your body’s natural response to an infection. While many parents dread a fever and the associated discomfort it can give their children, it’s actually a good sign because it means your baby is fighting the infection. It’s true that some kids can have a high temperature and be their normal bouncy self. If this is the case for your little one, there’s no need to offer any medicine – just be sure they have adequate fluids. If your bub is miserable, age-specific medications that contain ibuprofen or paracetamol can be used to help reduce fever and discomfort. If your child has a fever, make they are not overdressed, offer plenty of water even if it’s turned away, and always consult your doctor if they have a fever and seem very unwell. And your mum may have sworn by it, but avoid the wet washer, it doesn’t help!

LIVE WELL RECOMMENDS:

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au