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Complications of Fever
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Complications of fever

Very high fever that is sudden or which has occurred over a prolonged period can be dangerous and cause serious complications, ranging from brain damage to death.

It can be dangerous when the body temperature increases too high or for too long, when the hypothalamus tries harder to get rid of the viruses or bacteria, as this can overheat the body.


Any type of fever (higher than normal body temperature and associated with infection) in newborn babies and infants should not be permitted to rise too quickly. The hypothalamus does not work as effectively in babies and infants as it does in older children and adults and high fever can become uncontrollable. If fever in a baby or infant reaches 42°C (106°F) brain damage can occur.

Always seek immediate medical attention if your baby or infant has a high temperature, as it could have serious repercussions if not reduced back to normal.


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  Last reviewed: 8 September 2007 || Last updated: 17 February 2009


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Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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