Fever

'Fever' simply describes a high body temperature and can often suggest an underlying infection.

As a general rule, a temperature of over 37.5°C (99.5°F) in children or adults is classed as a fever. You can check yours or your child’s temperature with a home thermometer, either on the forehead, underarm or in the mouth.


Keeping yourself cool and taking paracetamol or ibuprofen is usually all that’s needed to help reduce a fever. As a parent it can be worrying if your child has a high temperature, however, fevers are very common. However, fevers are very common in children and will usually get better without treatment.

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Normal body temperature is 37°C (98.6°F), but does vary slightly. Your temperature may be 0.6°C (1°F) above or below this, and can vary throughout the day, depending on the time of day and how active you are.

If you're concerned about yourself, a relative or friend, call NHS 111 for medical advice, this free service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The advisors taking 111 calls are in the same room as those answering 999 calls, so if urgent attention is needed, they can arrange it immediately for you.

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