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A-Z OF CHILD HEALTH; Degrees of danger.

Fever is a temperature of 37 degrees C (100 deg F) or over and is usually the symptom of an illness.

You can lower the high temperature by sponging your child all over with tepid water - never use cold water as this causes blood vessels to contract, preventing heat loss and driving the temperature up.

Fever can be a symptom of less serious illnesses such as flu, tonsillitis, and chickenpox. But it can also be a sign of meningitis so always check for other signs.

Consult your doctor immediately if the child is under six months old or if you are worried about any of the accompanying symptoms.

Food Poisoning is a serious condition in a baby because the symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea can rapidly lead to dehydration. If it continues for more than six hours, consult your doctor.

For older children, stop all foods but ensure they drink plenty of fluids, preferably unsweetened fruit juices, but avoid milk.

Cooled, boiled water with added sugar (two level teaspoons per 7 fluid ounces) is particularly beneficial as a rehydrating solution.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 11, 1997
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