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How to manage a temperature at home

When babies and children are poorly they often have a high temperature (sometimes called a fever). Below is an animation on how to take your child's temperature.


Video reproduced with kind permission from Just One Norfolk and Norfolk County Council. 


What you can do

Dress your baby or young child in their normal clothing or nightwear whilst they are feeling poorly, as this will be the most comfortable for them. Being either undressed or wrapped up in blankets can make babies and young children feel too cold or too hot, and they may not be able to tell you this.

Have a look at our animation to see what you can do to help to bring a high temperature down at home.

Video reproduced with kind permission from Just One Norfolk and Norfolk County Council. 

Some minor illness such as coughs, colds, or tummy upsets can spread from one person to another very easily but there are some simple things that you can do to reduce the risk of this happening.

Click here for more information about how to stop germs from spreading. 


Who can help?

In an emergency, call 999 for an ambulance or go to your nearest A&E department.

If you are not sure whether your child is seriously unwell, call 111 or your GP for advice.

Childhood illnesses: local contacts

  • Bedfordshire

    For non-urgent advice as a parent, you can text a Bedfordshire Community Services health visitor on Parentline, 07507 331456.

    For non-urgent advice as a young person aged 11-19, text our school nursing team on ChatHealth, 07507 331450.  

  • Luton

    If you're a parent requiring non-urgent advice, you can call your Luton health visiting team on 0333 405 0087, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. 

    If you're aged 11-19 and would like some non-urgent advice, text your Luton school nursing team on ChatHealth, 07520 616070. 

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