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My child has a fever

by Kimberly Schoobaar on December 26, 2020

Fever is common in children. That's because they're more sensitive to infections and bacteria. Often fever is innocent and not harmful.

First of all, what is fever?

In fever, body temperature is 38 degrees or higher. The temperature then often fluctuates between 38 and 41 degrees. Fever is a good and normal reaction if a virus or bacterium enters your body.

How do I best measure body temperature?

The most reliable way to measure body temperature is through the anus. If your child is struggling, you can also use a ear thermometer. This one is slightly less reliable but fairly accurate. What's more convenient and hygienic is to extra lens filters to get in. That way, you can use a clean filter every time. This thermometer is allowed to NOT use in babies under 3 months. Body temperature always goes up slightly in the evening. The height of the fever does not say much about the severity of the disease. Make sure you keep an eye on the symptoms so that you can better assess the seriousness.


When do I have to call the GP?

  • If your baby is under 3 months (and it doesn’t come through an inoculation).
  • If your child suffers from heart or lung disease.
  • If your child is taking medicine that reduces resistance.
  • If your child missed a vaccination of the consultation.
  • If your kid gets dorky.
  • If your child gets short of breath.

Please note the following symptoms if your child has a fever:

  • Does your child behave differently from usual?
  • Is your child dorky, stuffy or inconsolable?
  • Does your child have red spots that don't pale when you press it?
  • Will your child be throwing up?
  • Do not want to drink and/or pee too little.

What can you do yourself?

Please note that your child is not dressed too warmly. If this is the case, the fever can't go out and get itself. Also, make sure your child or baby gets enough fluid in. Children with fever lose fluid faster than usual and thereby are more likely to dehydrate. Dehydration increases the risk of developing high fever.

Fever after vaccination, how come?

  • Your child is vaccinated against 12 different diseases. Those diseases arise from bacteria and viruses.
  • In each inoculation are small particles of these bacteria or viruses.

Creators of the vaccinations have changed these particles. That's why the particles can't make your child sick. Your child's body would like to clean this up at once, which is why the body is turning on defense agents. Those substances protect your body from disease. This doesn't make your child sick if the real bacteria and viruses enter the body. Your child's body must work very hard to make those substances, thereby causing fever. That's a good sign.


Basically, fever itself is about. If your baby doesn't feel well, you can give him or her a paracetamol or a pill. Please be careful that your baby ate something before he or she takes the paracetamol. Read the package leaflet well for the correct dosage.

Fever stubs

A fever tub can be very frightening to the parents. Your child can't shock with his or her legs and arms. They can fall away. Get very dorky. A fever tub lasts about 15 minutes. They are often still dorky for an hour.

Is your child under 6 months or over five years old and he or she gets a fever tub? Then always call your GP.

What to do with a fever tub?

  • Clear the mouth with a finger.
  • Put the child on his side.
  • Make sure your child can't get hurt about furniture that get in the way, for example.

Fever slowly sinks

Luckily, your baby feels much better. Keep an eye on him or her for the next few days and especially watch if she gets enough moisture and nutrition inside. That's very important. If everything goes well, they can play out and go to school again.