Clinical update

Assessment and management of fever in young children

Updated National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance aims to help nurses assess and manage fever in children aged under five
Picture of a mother with child who has fever

Updated National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance aims to help nurses assess and manage fever in children aged under five

Essential information

Feverish illness is common in young children, with up to 40% of parents reporting such illnesses each year, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (2019) .

Fever is probably the most common reason for a child to be taken to a doctor and feverish illness is the second most common reason for a child being admitted to hospital.

Feverish illness in young children usually indicates an underlying infection and is a cause of concern for parents. Infections remain the leading cause of death in children under

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