Fever and feverish illness in children under five years
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Fever and feverish illness in children under five years

Penny McDougall Senior sister, Paediatric Unit, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
Maureen Harrison Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton

This article discusses the causes and management of fever in children. In line with guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, it explores the importance of identifying children at risk of serious illness and those that can be managed safely at home. The article also identifies the skills and knowledge required by paediatric and general nurses working with children, alongside the need to offer parents guidance on antipyretics and how to care for their child at home.

Correspondence penelope.mcdougall@porthosp.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 28, 30,49-59. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.03.28.30.49.e8410

Received: 08 October 2013

Accepted: 09 December 2013

Published in print: 26 March 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review