First, remember that running nose and/or sporadic cough is ususally symptoms of viral infection. Then
- give your child plenty of fluids
- give your child food if they want it
- check on your child regularly during the night, take his temperature if you can.
- Give your child either paracetamol or ibuprofen if temperature is higher that 37,5C. If the one you started with does not work, try giving them the other for two days.
Contact your GP if your child :
- is under 3 months old and has a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or higher, or you think they have a fever
- is 3 to 6 months old and has a temperature of 39 degrees Celsius or higher, or you think they have a fever
- has other signs of illness, such as a rash, as well as a high temperature
- has a high temperature that has lasted for more than 5 days
- does not want to eat, or isn't their usual self and you're worried
- has a high temperature that does not come down with paracetamol or ibuprofen. The temperature does not need to come down to normal, 38 degrees Celsius is fine. Children usually have a temperature for at least 3 days with most infections
- is showing signs of dehydration – such as nappies that aren't very wet, sunken eyes, and no tears when they're crying
- becomes more unwell after you have received advice
If you do not meet these criteria click below for further advice. Remember :After 18.00 GP in Shannondoc is available all night ( recommended). Or you can go to Emergency Department at hospital without letter from GP.