my daughter is very hot - has been at 39/40 degrees most of the morning. I've been giving her cool baths and calpol, she does cool down a bit but then soon is back to the same high temp. She's 4 and already on Tamiflu - any suggestions as to getting her temp down - and do you think I should be taking her to hospital/ out of hours doctor? She's very tired and listless too - any advice much appreciated.
Call and speak to either your GP out of hours or NHS direct. If her temp is not being brought and kept down you need further advice.
Ice pops and lollies plus ice cubes in a drinking bottle full of water for her to sip regularly. Fan on in the room but not directly on dd and window open, but againn dd not in the draught from it. Tepid sponging fine but not baths. (Advice from paeds when ds2, the 4.5, was seriously ill with seasonal flu last december) Most importantly she needs to stay hydrated, regular tiny sips if she wont eat or drink properly.
First thing is definitely to get further medical advice asap though.
When ds2 was in hospital they said never put a fan directly on a sick child, as it cools their external body but not their internal organs and can end up causing more complications as well as masking the true extent of their fever.
Fans are best put on to sweep the room with a window open to 'change' the air.
Totally agree with the child nurofen/calprofen. We needed both calpol and calprofen as well as the other measures I mentioned to bring down ds1's fever. (He was diagnosed with swine flu last Tuesday and is now much better and driving me up the wall. )