All small children get high temperatures from time to time and usually they’re back to normal quickly. But how hot is too hot? Here’s our at a glance guide to what your child’s temperature means:
36.4°C (97.4°F) : Normal.
37°C (98.4°F) : Normal.Temperatures can vary quite a lot within the ‘normal’ range.
37.5°C (99.5°F) : High temperature. Keep a watchful eye.
38°C (100.4°F) : Fever. Seek medical advice if your child is under 3 months old. Also offer fluids, and treat with an age-appropriate paracetamol or ibuprofen. Undress to nappy or vest and pants. Keep room well-aired at 18°C/65°F.
39°C (102°F): High fever. Seek medical advice and treat as above.
40°C (104°F): Very high fever. Seek medical advice immediately.
If your baby is older than 3 months, her behaviour is often a better indicator of how ill she is than the reading on your thermometer. If she also seems very sleepy, is breathing strangely, has a fit, has a rash, is being sick or won’t drink, always seek medical advice.