Fever and vomiting 

Find out if your child's fever and vomiting is a sign of a serious illness, or the result of a common virus with no cause for alarm.

Treating a high temperature in children

Transcript of Fever and vomiting

Hello, I'm Dr Rupal Shah.

I'm a GP in Battersea in London, at the Bridge Lane Group Practice.

Fever and vomiting are common symptoms in childhood

and there are many possible causes.

The most important thing to bear in mind

is how well you think your child is in themselves.

For example if they're quite drowsy and floppy, if they're not eating,

then there's a higher chance that they could be seriously ill

with a nasty infection

and you should certainly see your GP in this case.

If your child is quite well in themselves

and is still eating and drinking,

is still playing and interested in their environment,

then there's less of a significant chance of serious illness.

If your child isn't managing to tolerate any fluids,

then that would be another reason to go and see your GP,

because children get dehydrated quite easily.

Fever and vomiting can be caused by a viral illness.

If they've caught a tummy bug from nursery or from school,

like a rotavirus infection,

that often presents with fever and vomiting

and that's usually self-limiting.

The child isn't usually very unwell in themselves in those cases,

so they're quite cheerful and alert even though they are throwing up.

There are more serious causes of fever and vomiting

and these range from a bladder infection all the way to meningitis.

If you're worried that your child is less responsive,

more floppy, not themselves,

then it's always worth seeking urgent medical help.

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