Hallucinations in children with a fever

Hallucinations can sometimes occur in children who are ill with a fever. Call your GP if your child is unwell with a body temperature of over 37.5C (99.5F) and you think they're hallucinating.

In the meantime, stay calm, keep your child cool and reassure them. Encourage them to drink plenty of fluids and give them paracetamol or ibuprofen (always read the patient information leaflet to find out the correct dose and frequency for your childs age, and check they're not allergic to medicines you give). The hallucinations should pass after a few minutes.

The hallucinations may start before other signs that the person is unwell.They may becaused by a chest infection or urine infection , for example.

Call the GP if your elderly relative suddenly develops hallucinations, particularly if they appear unwell in any other way.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018