Advice for parents and carers of
children 5 years and older
If your child has any of the following:
Go to the nearest Hospital Emergency (A&E) Department or phone 999
Using the advice below you can provide the care your child needs at home
Most children with a fever do get better very quickly but some children can get worse. You need to regularly check your child during the day and also through the night and follow the advice given below.
Do the ‘glass test’ if your child has a rash. Press
a glass tumbler firmly against the rash. If you
can see the spots through the glass and they
do not fade as you press the glass onto the
skin then this is called a ‘non-blanching rash’. If
you see this type of rash, seek medical advice
immediately. The rash is harder to see on dark
skin so check paler areas, such as palms of the
hands, soles of the feet and tummy.
(Photo courtesy of the Meningitis Research Foundation 2013)
This guidance is written by healthcare professionals from across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.