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This is commonly caused by a “virus”. Initially, keep you child cool by removing clothing, tepid sponging, switching your fan on, and give Paracetomol every 4-6 hours. Give Ibuprofen too as long as the child does not have Asthma.
Read about causes, treatment, and when to seek urgent medical advice.
Viruses are the main cause (coughs, colds, 'flu), followed by less common Bacteria (pneumonia, urine infections, septicaemia and meningitis)
More tips on what you should do.
What to look for if your child has a temperature and you are concerned.
Get an eConsult response
within 24 hours
Medical Care when we are closed
NON-EMERGENCY: Have a look at out "Get health information" page. Alternatively, call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.
MINOR INJURIES: We do not provide a minor injuries service. You should attend A&E or a local minor iunjuries unit. The LIVE WAITING times for these services are listed here.
EMERGENCY: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency)
If you do need to attend the emergency department at Torbay Hospital please read this leaflet.