High fever in children is usually a sign of infection, which can be either viral or bacterial. In young children, there is a chance that the infection can be meningitis or sepsis, both of which can be serious or potentially life-threatening. Very young babies may not have high fevers even when they have infections, so a temperature that is only slightly higher than normal may be a sign of infection. That means just a small rise in temperature must be taken seriously. In all cases, it’s best to err on the side of caution and always contact a health professional if in doubt.
Age Precision® technology takes away the guesswork from temperature measurement
Clinical research shows that the definition of fever changes as newborns grow into little children, and little children grow into adults1. What constitutes a fever in a newborn can be a normal temperature in a four-year-old.
Doctors know this, but many parents may not. To help you interpret your baby or child’s temperature more confidently based on their age, Braun has developed the unique Age Precision® technology.
Taking temperature with Age Precision® is easy
With Age Precision® , you can take and interpret the temperature of a child or any family member in three simple steps:
Set your child’s age with the Age Precision® button.
Take their temperature.
The colour-coded fever indicator will help you understand and interpret the results more easily and act accordingly – green (normal temperature), yellow (fever) and red (high fever).
What to do when the colour-coded display shows green, yellow or red
If temperature readings are in the red range you should speak with a doctor whether or not there are symptoms. If readings are in the yellow range and the baby or child also feels sick, you should speak to a doctor to find out whether or not you need to come in for further consultation and assessment.
If readings are in the green range and there are no other symptoms, there’s no need to consult a doctor.
When in doubt about symptoms, always consult your doctor.
If there are symptoms such as unusual irritability, unresponsiveness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea, dry skin, unusual thirst, seizure, loss of appetite or changes in activity, you should contact a doctor regardless of whether the thermometer shows green, yellow, or red.