Practice nurses should use a 'traffic light' assessment tool to predict the risk of serious illness in children with fever symptoms, according to NICE.
Based on clinical factors such as skin colour, activity level and respiratory rate, children can be categorised as red (high risk), amber (intermediate risk) or green (low risk), latest guidance said.
The institute recommended that if a child had any 'red' features, such as a non-blanching rash or neck stiffness, they must be seen by a nurse or doctor immediately.
But, if they fell into the 'amber' or 'green' categories, they may be able to be cared for at home.
Read more on the guidance in next week's NT.