It is easy to dismiss fever as uncomfortable yet temporary when you have it, but it can seem worrisome when your child does. Do not fret, fever in children is common and usually treatable at home. 

Let’s find out more about it. 

What is Fever?

A fever is a rise in body temperature, usually as a protective response to an infection. The high body temperature during a fever makes it difficult for causative infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses to survive.

A fever is not an illness in itself, but a symptom that the body is fighting an illness. A temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) and higher is generally regarded as fever.

Fever in Children

It is common for children to develop a fever. 

Conditions that can cause fever in children include:

  • Bacterial or viral infections

  • Childhood illnesses such as chickenpox

  • Vaccination

  • Overheating due to wearing too much clothing

Use a digital thermometer to check your child's body temperature if they seem: 

  • Hotter than usual upon touching their back or chest 

  • Unusually fussy

  • Less hungry or thirsty

  • Less talkative or active than usual

  • Sweaty 

Treatment of Fever 

In children, fever can usually be treated at home and resolves in 3 to 4 days. However, there are certain conditions that warrant immediate medical intervention, including:

  • Fever in a newborn

  • Fever in an infant less than 3 months old

  • Fever in an immunocompromised child (those with a reduced ability to fight infections)

Here are a few dos and don’ts to treat your child’s fever at home.


  • Keep a tab on their body temperature at regular intervals, especially through the night.

  • Give them plenty of fluids and lookout for signs of dehydration.

  • Make sure your child gets enough rest.

  • Keep their room at a moderate temperature, not too hot or too cold.

  • Dress your child in light clothes and cover them with a light blanket.


  • Don’t overdress your child as excess clothing can trap body heat and cause their temperature to rise.

  • Don’t use ice water for sponging, as it can raise the body temperature further.

  • Don’t give medicines to your child without consulting your paediatrician first. 

  • Don’t force your child to eat if they do not feel like eating. 

  • Don’t send your child out of the house until the doctor deems it safe. 

Seek medical help immediately if your child presents any worrying symptoms, if their body temperature gets too high, or if the fever does not subside in 1 to 3 days. 

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