When to see a doctor
As fevers are a natural part of growing up, it is important for parents to know when it is something they can
at home, and when they should seek urgent medical advice.
It is imperative to consult your doctor if:
- Temperature hits 38°C or higher for infants younger than three months.
- Temperature hits 39°C for an older child.
Symptoms to look out for are those that are unlike any your child have had before, such as:
- Refusal of feeds
- Lasting diarrhoea
- Showing signs of dehydration - lethargy, inattentiveness, dry mouth, reduced peeing, or lack of tears
- Difficulty breathing
- Have paler than usual skin colour
- Experience earaches, sore throat, rashes
- Pain while urinating
Should the issues above persist, and the fever does not subside after 48 hours, or if your child has a
medical problem, you should consult a doctor immediately.
Children can develop terrible seizures if their fever is high and remain untreated. The two most serious
are meningitis and septicaemia (blood infection) – and while uncommon, symptoms can quickly worsen,
medical attention is needed.
But sometimes, a fever can be caused by something as simple as overdressing (particularly in young infants)
child being in a hot environment.