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Feverish Illness in Children

Assessment and Initial Management in Children Younger than 5 Years

NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 47

National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health (UK).

London (UK): RCOG Press; 2007 May.
ISBN-13: 978-1-904752-41-7
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This guideline has been designed for the assessment and initial management of children aged up to 5 years who present to health services with a feverish illness. In accordance with the remit received from the Department of Health and Welsh Assembly Government, the guideline includes: assessment of severity of illness, including how to measure and interpret height of fever; clinical management in primary care, including investigations, use of antibiotics and when to refer for specialist care; initial assessment by paediatric specialists, including appropriate investigation and initial treatment. The guideline also includes suggested advice that can be given to parents and carers following an encounter with a healthcare professional.


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