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A few children can have convulsions (a 'fit') when they have a fever. This may happen if your child's
temperature goes up suddenly. Sometimes, a convulsion happens when parents don't
actually know their child has a fever. Febrile convulsions are not
common and do not usually cause any long term health effects.
See the KHI factsheet Febrile
Different thermometers have different
instructions to follow to make sure you get an accurate
reading. Ask your Maternal and Child Health Nurse, local doctor or chemist to show you how to use your thermometer. Do this before you need it.
Plastic tape thermometers used on the forehead
are not reliable.
Also see your doctor if your child is under three months of age and has a fever.
Treat your child at home by
making them more comfortable.
Bring your child back to
The Royal Children's Hospital emergency department or to see your
own GP if they:
Developed by the RCH departments
of General Medicine, Centre for Community Child Health and
Emergency Dept. First published: 2000. Updated September
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