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What advice can you give a concerned mother about taking temperature?

What advice can you give a concerned mother about taking temperature?

Amanda, a young mother with an eight-month-old baby, seems concerned as she comes into your pharmacy.

“I just put my son to bed and his forehead was warm to the touch. I think he has a fever; I took his temperature and the thermometer I used said it was 38.5°C. I’m not sure I’ve taken it properly though – this is my first time using an infrared ear thermometer.”

What advice can you offer Amanda?

What is a fever?

Fever is a high body temperature and is the body’s natural response to fighting an infection. There are many possible causes of a fever, such as a viral or bacterial infection, cough, cold and vaccinations. It is often hard to distinguish the cause of the fever in younger children.(

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