25 Jun 2021
A&Es are seeing record numbers of 'mildly ill' children - with most able to be treated at home with over the counter medicines.
As people are mixing more there are more viruses circulating - and most mild fevers are common in small children and can be treated at home with over the counter medicines. You should seek advice from NHS 111 www.111.nhs.uk, your GP or ommunity pharmacist in the first instance.
Always seek medical advice if your baby or child:
- is under 3 months old and has a temperature of 38C (100F) or higher
- is 3-6 months old and has a temperature of 39C (102F) or higher
- has a fever lasting for more than five days, or is becoming more unwell
- is not drinking well or is dehydrated with fewer than 2 wet nappies a day
- develops a red rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it - has a fit or convulsion
- is crying constantly, or it doesn't sound like their normal cry.
A&E remains an option if parents are still concerned or in an emergency.