Headaches in children can sometimes be caused by infection, high levels of stress or a minor bang to the head. It’s important you pay attention to your child’s headache symptoms so you can decide the best way to treat it.
A fever is when the body’s temperature rises over 37.5c, and is quite common, especially in young children. A fever is usually caused by an infection, often getting better on its own, but can sometimes be a sign of a different health problem.
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What can you do to help your child reduce a headache or fever?
If your child is feeling hot or is complaining of a headache, take these simple steps:
Remove their outer layers of clothes
Apply a cool, wet flannel to the forehead
Keep their rooms cool – around 18c
Make sure you give them plenty of cool water, even if they’re not thirsty
Measure their temperature with either an in ear thermometer or forehead strips
If the symptoms continue after you’ve taken these measures and only if it’s suitable for your child, use a paracetamol or ibuprofen based medicine, reading the instructions carefully to ensure you give the correct dosage.
What to do if your child is continuing to feel unwell
Thankfully most symptoms disappear quite quickly but if your child continues to have any of the following, contact your GP:
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
If you’re ever concerned about what to do, find your nearest Alphega Pharmacy where you’ll receive advice and guidance on the most suitable paracetamol or ibuprofen to use.
It’s quite common for children to have a headache, and there are some simple steps you can take to help alleviate the symptoms. What’s important is that you recognise if these symptoms progress, and know what to do. Your Alphega pharmacist is a great source for advice and guidance on the best actions to take if you’re unsure what to do. Find your local Alphega Pharmacy by searching here.