Fever (High temperature)

Body temperature may vary from 36 to 37.5°C (97 to 99° F). A minor change within this range is, by itself, no cause for concern.

Adults: Consider yourself feverish if your temperature is over 38°C (100°F). Try to bring down your temperature by:

  1. Taking the recommended dose of Paracetamol or Aspirin.
  2. Removing excess clothing and lying in a cool room.
  3. Drinking cold, non-alcoholic fluids.
  4. Sponging the body with tepid water or using a fan.

Consult your doctor if your temperature continues to rise in spite of these measures, reaches 40°C (104°F) or persists for more than 48 hours.

Children: A raised temperature is natural with most illnesses and simple measures will make you more comfortable. In small children it is important to stop the temperature rising too quickly by giving Paracetamol syrup (check dosage).
Also, keep the room cool and don’t wrap the patient up. Regular cool drinks and sponging down with a cool flannel is effective. If the child is also coughing, ban smokers from the house
If your child does not respond, if concerned or if not settling and / or child drowsy or a rash appears, we will always give them an appointment. You will not make them worse by bringing them to the surgery in the pram or car. Sometimes the fresh air makes feverish children feel better.

Young Babies: If you have a baby less than six months of age, with a temperature above 37.5°C (99°F), start cooling measures and contact your doctor immediately. The only exception to this is if your child has just had a vaccination, in which case giving Paracetamol is usually sufficient. If you are unsure or the temperature does not fall, ring for advice.

Older Children: Try to bring the temperature down by following the advice above. If it does not fall or other symptoms develop, contact your doctor.
Aspirin should not be given to children under 16, although junior ibuprofen (Nurofen) can be used if there is no response to Paracetamol (Calpol). Please use according to the instructions on the bottle. If you are asked to bring your child to surgery, please do so – it will do him or her no harm to be taken into the open air.