NICE feverish illness guideline

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A NICE guideline summary of the 2017 feverish illness in children under 5 years with a ‘traffic light’ approach to assessing risk, and features of specific diseases

Feverish illness is the most common reason for children to present to primary care. While fever is usually a result of a self-limiting viral infection, assessing the exact cause of a fever can be challenging. Fever is a primary symptom of more serious bacterial infections like meningitis or pneumonia. This difficulty of diagnosis makes accurate assessment and appropriate treatment of fever essential.

This updated Guidelines for Nurses feverish illness summary includes new recommendations on watching for sepsis, vaccine side-effects, and the usefulness of response to antipyretic therapy as a gauge of infection severity.

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