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Raised Temperature (Fever)

This is a temperature of >38ºC, anything above 39ºC might indicate something more serious. Any baby under 3 months old with a raised temperature should be seen by a doctor or A&E department.

Fever can be caused by a number of things:

For viral illnesses that are usually self limiting, parents needn’t worry. On average a child will have 8 such episodes in the first 18months of life, particularly if exposed to a lot of other children (childcare).


Warning Signs:

It may be difficult to judge whether an illness is more serious requiring medical attention. If your baby has any of the following symptoms there may be a serious illness:

Seek medical advice early and quickly


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