Common mistakes… (6)

High fever!

I have often heard students say, “My child has a high fever” and my first reaction is one of great concern.

A fever is a medical condition in which the body temperature is higher than usual and the heart beats very fast (Cambridge Dictionary).


However, a high fever (about 41.5°C or more) is extremely dangerous and could trigger convulsions (Better Health).

So, if your child’s temperature is one or two degrees higher than usual, how can you say this without causing alarm?

You might say:

My child has a fever.


My child has a slight fever.

However, it is very common to not use the word ‘fever’ at all (especially in British and Australian English).

Some common ways to say this include:

“Her temperature’s a bit high.”

He has a (very) high temperature.

I’ve got a bit of a temperature.

Be careful not to misuse the term ‘high fever’ as this may lead to misunderstandings.


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