Baby Health & First Aid

High Temperatures in Babies

If your baby or child looks hot and flushed and is running a high temperature, there are steps you can take to help them recover.

  1. Check their temperature - if it is over 37C it is considered high. The child or infant may look hot and flushed and may also sweat. Sometimes extremely high temperatures can cause seizures in a baby or young child (twitching and clenched fists are signs of this).

  2. If they have a high temperature, remove any blankets and clothing to cool them down.

  3. You can give them paracetemol-based medicine over the age of three months, but always read the guidelines and dose limits on the bottle first.

  4. If symptoms continue you should seek medical advice or take them to the hospital.

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