Tips for fever

A high temperature can be a good thing as: it’s part of the body’s natural response to fight off infection. However, this can also leave your child feeling unwell and Pamol® may help to relieve your child’s fever. Please contact your doctor if your child is feeling ill or you are unsure about your child’s health.

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How to take a temperature:

It’s a good idea to check your child’s temperature if they feel hot, and they seem unwell. You should measure temperature in places that are closest to the body’s core temperature such as inside the mouth (oral), under the arm (axillary), in the outer ear canal (tympanic), and on the forehead.

Types of thermometers:

There are a range of thermometers available to measure the temperature of your little ones. Most are available in pharmacy – ask your pharmacist to show you the different types and how to use them when you are considering which is best for your family.

Digital thermometers: Ear thermometers: Forehead thermometers:

Can be used orally (in the mouth), or axillary (under the arm). These thermometers are easy to use with a short measurement time, and a simple digital readout.

Most will beep when the measurement is finished, and is ready to read.

Very quick and easy to read.
Simply insert the tip in your child’s ear, and press the button.

The thermometer will beep when the measurement is finished and is ready to read.

These are a new style of thermometer.

Simply hold it against your child’s forehead and press the button.

Very simple and easy to use.

For more information, check out www.kidshealth.org.nz/how-take-temperature


If you are unsure about your child’s health:

* Visit www.kidshealth.org.nz for more information and helpful guides.

* Talk to your Plunket nurse or call Plunketline for helpful parenting and Well Child advice.

* Contact Healthline for medical advice. Or if it’s an an emergency, call 111.

Reference 1. NZ Ministry of Health, Medsafe, Label Statements Database. Accessed 30 May 2013. Reference 2. The Paediatric Society of New Zealand and Starship Foundation 2013, Kids Health. Accessed 30 May 2013. Pamol® is for the treatment of children’s pain and fever. Pamol® suspensions contain paracetamol 250mg/5mL. Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Incorrect use can be harmful. ® Registered Trademark. Aspen Pharmacare C/- Pharmacy Retailing, Auckland. TAPS PP3867.