Pain and Fever in Children 

Pain and fever in children



Try a child specific painkiller containing ibuprofen or paracetamol. You can also apply a cool wet flannel to the forehead to help to soothe away the pain. You should go to your GP if the headache is due to a bang to the head or lasts for more than two days.


Fever / high temperature

Fever is when the body's temperature rises above 37.5˚C. The main symptoms of fever are a hot forehead and general irritability. You can measure your child's temperature by using either an ear thermometer or forehead strips, if they will not sit still for long enough to use the thermometer!
The best way to treat a fever is to use a paracetamol or ibuprofen based medicine if it is suitable for your child. Speak to your Pharmacist to check this is the case before giving any medicine to them. 
What can you do to help your child reduce pain or a fever?
  • Remove their outer layers of clothing
  • Keep their room cool (around 18°C)
  • Make sure you give them plenty of cool water, even if they are not thirsty


If your child is still suffering then you should contact your GP if they have any of the following: 

  • Your child is under 3 months old and has a temperature of 38°C or more
  • Your child is 3-6 months old and has a temperature of 39°C or more
  • Your child is over 6 months old and has other signs of being unwell such as being drowsy and floppy
  • Your child's fever is still high after 24 hours
  • They are not drinking or keeping fluids down
  • They have a fever of 40ºC
  • They have difficulty breathing
  • They have difficulty waking
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting for more than two days (24 hours for a baby)
  • Blood stained vomit or diarrhoea
  • Screaming with knees drawn up to the chest
  • Pulling at ears
  • Sleeping past mealtimes
  • Not urinating and not drinking


For further information about children's health issues or any symptoms they may be suffering from please visit your local pharmacy to see how they can help.



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