Fever in children and babies

Fever in babies or children is always a symptom of something, and therefore it should be monitored.

High fever in a child

Fever alone is not dangerous, even if it quickly rises to quite a high level. Children can experience a very high fever very acutely without any additional cause for alarm.

Treating a child with a fever at home

You can monitor the situation at home for some time. Fever should be treated with rest and adequate water intake. Remember that juices or sodas are not substitutes for water. Ventilate the room where the child rests and dress the child lightly.

If the child develops a high fever, you may give them, for example, Paracetamol if the child has no hypersensitivity to the medicine.

When should you take your child with a fever to see a doctor?

If the high fever persists for several days, you should see a doctor. You should also see your doctor if you suspect symptoms in the child’s ears or lungs, in which case the child may, for example, have a wheezing or barking cough. Always see your doctor if your child has any skin symptoms or seizures in addition to fever.

At Mehiläinen, children with a fever are helped by paediatricians, general practitioners and otorhinolaryngologists. If you need further instructions or want to book a doctor’s appointment for your child, please call to Children’s Mehiläinen, tel. +358 (0)10 414 0414 (0,0835 €/call + 0,1669 €/min) or book an appointment online. Our phone service is open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Remember that help is always available in the Digital Clinic every day! The service can be accessed through the OmaMehiläinen mobile application or online service.

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