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As a mother or father, you feel worried and uncertain when your baby or child has a fever. Fever is usually a reaction of the body to a viral or bacterial infection. A temperature of up to 38.5 degrees can be a defence mechanism against viruses or foreign substances (antibodies). Fever helps the small body to heal. It is important to find the cause of the fever. If in doubt, take your child to the paediatrician.
We offer capillary blood sampling at the outpatient paediatric clinic Margareten and paediatrician in CAPE 10. With the values determined, it is possible to see whether it is a viral or bacterial infection.

Elevated temperature or already fever?

  • Babies and children have fevers much more often and faster than adults. Where are the boundaries between normal, elevated temperature and fever?
  • 36.5 to 37.5° Celsius is the normal body temperature of a healthy child
  • 37.6 to 38.0° Celsius is an elevated temperature
  • Fever starts at 38.0° Celsius. (When the child gets older, one speaks of fever only from 38.5° Celsius).
  • From 39° Celsius it is high fever

Where to take a fever:

  • In the ear On the forehead
  • In the mouth (for older children)
  • Under the armpit
  • Rectal

Symptoms of fever:

  • Weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Red hot face
  • Cold sweat and chills
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue

Attention: The child's body temperature can also be elevated without actually being ill. For example, if the child is physically exhausted, dressed too warmly or covered up.

What should be considered in case of fever?

Due to the fever, the body constantly loses fluids and electrolytes, making supportive and additional measures necessary. As a guideline, the child's fluid requirement increases by about 10-15% per degree °C above normal temperature. Please make sure that the child drinks enough! Physical exertion should be avoided. You should actively reduce the fever if the child's well-being is affected. From a temperature above 39°C with medicines such as Nureflex, Mexalen, Ben-ur-on, etc. If your child reaches a very high fever or suffers a febrile convulsion, you should come to your paediatrician immediately, call the emergency doctor or go to hospital.

More important than the level of the fever alone is how your child is feeling. The smaller the children and the worse the general condition, the sooner you should seek medical help. Paediatricians will advise you on necessary measures and accompany you until your child is completely well again.

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