Paediatric fever management


Fever is one of the most common reasons why parents and or caregivers seek medical attention for their infant or child.

Fever is defined as a temperature greater than 38.0°C. In regards to managing conditions, education is key. It is important for parents or caregivers to understand that it is okay for them to look after their child at home with a fever if they are drinking and feeding well, interacting with the parent or caregiver and does not look sick. 

Learning outcomes for this course: 

  • How to take an infant or child’s temperature.
  • Understanding appropriate temperature ranges for infants and children and what it may interpret.
  • Management of the febrile child in regards to: educating parents and caregivers on appropriate management at home; when to seek medical attention; appropriate use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. 

A related course on Goodfellow that may be of interest is Prescribing for Common InfectionsThe goal of this course is to provide information for primary health care professionals in order to enhance patient care around the use of antibiotics.


Once you have completed this short course and quiz, please click 'submit' where you will be taken to the results page. From here you can print your certificate for 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour.


The quiz was created by Madison Curel, Registered Nurse (PG DIP in Health Science in Child Health) in August 2016 and updated in 2017 by Dr Karen Falloon MBChB, FRNZCGP, PhD, Senior lecturer Goodfellow Unit.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health.


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