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Fever in babies and children - infographic

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When should a child with a fever see a doctor? How do I treat a fever at home? Answer these questions and more using this infographic about fever in children.

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Fever in babies and children

Call triple zero (000) if your child doesn’t respond to your voice, loses consciousness or has a seizure (fit) for the first time, or has difficulty breathing.

What should I do if my child has a temperature?

For children with a temperature of 38°C or higher:

Is your child aged 0 – 3 months?

YES — Go to the emergency department at nearest hospital immediately.

Is your child aged 3 – 12 months?

YES — See a doctor immediately.

Is your child more than 12 months old?

YES — Does your child have any of these symptoms as well as a fever?:

  • headache or stiff neck
  • drowsiness
  • seizure
  • difficulty breathing
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • new skin rash
  • dehydration (not drinking or weeing enough)
  • doesn't improve in 48 hours
  • are in pain

YES — See a doctor immediately.

NOT SURE — Call healthdirect on 1800 022 222

NO — Manage fever at home:

  • keep fluids up
  • dress in light clothing
  • keep the room cool
  • consider pain relief

Continue to monitor your child for signs of worsening illness. Seek medical attention if your child seems to get worse or has a rising temperature.

This infographic does not replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Read the label on the packet and information pamphlet before using medicines. For further information, call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 or speak to your health professional. In an emergency, call triple zero (000) without delay.

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Last reviewed: February 2023

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