St Georges Medical Centre

St Georges Medical Centre

Field Road New Brighton Wirral CH45 5LN

NHS

Telephone: 0151 630 2080

Fax: 0151 637 0370

Fever in Children

It is worthwhile purchasing a digital electronic thermometer, which is best placed in the child’s armpit to record the temperature – forehead thermometers are less accurate. The infra-red type that measures the temperature of the ear drum is the most reliable. Significant fever is defined as a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more. Most cases are viral and will recover rapidly. Use paracetamol or ibuprofen if needed to lower the temperature, but we no longer recommend tepid sponging. Give plenty of fluids. However, there are circumstances when you need to seek medical advice:

  • An infant under 3 months
  • Fever lasing more than 5 days
  • A rash that doesn’t blanch on pressure – see below
  • Unusual sleepiness
  • Dry nappies or not passing much urine
  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty breathing

The glass test is used on rashes to exclude serious illness. Press a clear glass or plastic tumbler firmly onto the affected skin; the rash should fade or blanch as blood is squeezed out of the skin – if it doesn’t, seek urgent medical attention.

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Opening Times

  • Monday
    08:00 - 18:30
    Appointment Only Extended Hours 18:30 - 19:00
  • Tuesday
    08:00 - 18:30
    Appointment Only Extended Hours 18:30 - 19:00
  • Wednesday
    Appointment Only Extended Hours 07:30 - 08:00
    08:00 - 18:30
    Appointment Only Extended Hours 18:30 - 19:00
  • Thursday
    08:00 - 18:30
    Appointment Only Extended Hours 18:30 - 19:00
  • Friday
    08:00 - 18:30
  • Saturday
    CLOSED
  • Sunday
    CLOSED