Treating feverish illness in children aged under five years
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Treating feverish illness in children aged under five years

Penny McDougall Modern matron, Variety Children’s Hospital, King’s College Hospital, London

Penny McDougall outlines the assessment requirements nurses must follow to enable them to identify the signs and symptoms of a potentially serious illness

Fever is the most likely reason for a child to be taken to the doctor and, occasionally, the signs may indicate the start of serious illness. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has issued a quality standard for the care of feverish illness in children aged under five years, designed to ensure that no such cases are missed. Carers, usually parents, should be offered written and verbal advice if it is judged that they can safely take the child home and are happy to do so. The traffic light system is designed to assist assessment of the child on presentation and throughout the illness journey.

Nursing Children and Young People. 26, 10, 22-23. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.26.10.22.e562


Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 28 August 2014

Accepted: 08 October 2014

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