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Fever (high temperature) in children

A fever is usually caused by a viral infection such as a cold. The fever is a natural reaction and helps your child's body fight off the infection. The high temperature is unlikely to cause any long-term problems.

You should take your child to see a doctor if:

Some children have convulsions (called febrile convulsions) when they have fevers. These can be frightening, but are also unlikely to cause any long-term problems.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by Paediatrician, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed December 2016.


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