Childhood illness - the basics
Fevers are common in children. Fever by itself does not tell you whether your child is seriously sick. Even an ordinary cold can cause a high fever.
The most common reason for a child to have a raised temperature is because they are fighting off an infection.
Colds and fever are a normal part of childhood. Sometimes families worry about missing a more serious illness. Knowing your child and seeing a change in their behaviour could be the most important clue to how sick they are.
Baby Check is a tool to help parents decide if their baby under 6 months old needs a doctor.
Cleaning your hands gets rid of germs you pick up from other people. Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick and spreading illnesses.
Febrile seizures are a common childhood problem. Seizures with a fever are more common in children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years.