As a matter of principle, an elevated body temperature means that the body's defences have been activated and does not necessarily have to be reduced. Reasons for reducing fever in children:
- The child is clearly suffering and feels very unwell
- The child complains of a headache and aches and pains. These are common symptoms of flu-like infections with fever.
- The child is not drinking enough. The younger the child, the more important it is to recognise this symptom at an early stage.
- The child is not getting any restful sleep. Fever-reducing medications will help the child to sleep. Paracetamol, which is available without prescription in pharmacies and drugstores, is recommended as a fever reducer. It is important to give the correct dosage, which depends on the child's weight. It is important that you administer the dosage recommended in the package leaflet (not less). If the correct dosage is administered, you can expect to see the child's temperature fall by 0.5 to 1°C after about an hour.