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Fever In Children

CalpolWhen does a child have fever?

  • Ear Temp = 38 ºC
  • Forehead Temp = 38 ºC

What causes fever?

  • Infection - Cold/flu
    1. - Tonsillitis
    2. - Airway infection, croup, bronchiolitis
    3. - Ear infections
    4. - Stomach bug
  • After vaccinations (treat only if fever above 39.5 ºC)

When should my child see a doctor?

  • Nurofen3 months or younger with fever even if well
  • 3 months to 3 years old with
    1. - fever more than 3 days or
    2. - sick/clingy or
    3. - refuses to drink or
    4. - fever of 40 ºC or higher
  • Any age - seizure caused by fever
    1. - fever that keeps coming back
    2. - fever with new skin rash

How are fevers treated?

  • Antibiotics – work only for bacterial infections and not for viruses such as colds or flus.
  • Cool-down - use luke warm damp face cloth over abdomen, back and limbs
    1. - do not put child into cold bath/shower
  • Antipyretic (reduces fever) medicines such as:
    1. Calpol (Paracetamol) use max 4 times daily or Nurofen (Ibuprofen) use max 3 times daily
    2. Follow dosage instructions on container.
    3. Will take at least 40 minutes to work.
    4. If not responding and fever 40 ºC or higher can alternate between Calpol (4 doses in total) and Nurofen (3 doses in total) not exceeding 7 doses in total combined per day.

 

 


Antipyretic (reduces fever) Medicines

Calpol Infant Suspension (Paracetamol) 125mg/5ml
Age Dose (All four times daily)
Less than 3 months On Doctors recommendation only
3 months – 6 months 2.5mls
6 months- 2 years 5mls
2 years – 4 years 7.5mls
4 years – 6 years 10mls

 

Calpol Six Plus (Paracetamol) 250mg/5ml
Age Dose (All four times daily)
6 years - 8 years 5mls
8 years – 10 years 7.5mls
10 years – 12 years 10mls
12 years – 16 years 10-15mls or take 2 Paracetamol Tablets

 

Nurofen for Children (Ibuprofen) 100mg/5ml
Age Dose (All three times daily)
Less than 3 months On Doctors recommendation only
3 months – 1 year 2.5ml
1 year – 3 years 5mls
4 years – 6 years 7.5mls
7 years – 9 years 10mls
10 years – 12 years 15mls

 

Nurofen Six Plus (Ibuprofen) 200mg/5ml
Age Dose (All three times daily)
6 years – 9 years 5mls
9 years – 12 years 7.5mls


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  • Office hours ONLY.
  • For NON urgent appointments only.
  • For emergencies please CALL 091-862-220.

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Knocknacarra Medical Centre,

Clybaun Rd. Lower,
Knocknacarra, Co. Galway.


Tel : 091-862-220
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