Spike in children with mild fever attending A&E puts pressure on staff

23 July 2021

Emergency departments (EDs) across the UK are seeing very high numbers of young children for this time of the year because of a rise in infections usually seen in winter, says the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

The infections are the usually mild respiratory infections such as bronchiolitis and rhinovirus. The easing of lockdown has meant that children are being exposed to these infections this summer as they come back into contact with other children.

The RCPCH say that many parents have not seen fever in their child – particularly if born during lockdown – and are taking them straight to A&E. However this is placing pressure on already busy EDs.

In response, the RCPCH has issued advice on how parents can treat children with mild fever and when to seek help.

Professor Martin Marshall, chair of the RCGP, said: β€˜In most cases of mild fever, runny nose or cough, simple self-care measures such as taking paracetamol or ibuprofen can help, but in cases where parents are concerned, seeking medical assistance from a pharmacist, their GP or by calling 111 is the appropriate first port of call.’

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