Top answers from doctors based on your search:
Disclaimer

what is the correct body temperature for a child

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Escobar
8 years experience in Family Medicine
98.8 Degrees F: 98.8 degrees fahrenheit (or 37 degrees celsius) is the "textbook" normal temperature. However, individuals can have slightly lower or higher normal t ... Read More
2
2 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
38 years experience in Pediatrics
What is comfortable: Kids have the same thermostats as we do. So wherever you are comfortable they will probably be fine.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience in Preventive Medicine
None: Both are approxmately 37 degrees centigrade or 98.4-6 fahrenheit.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lang
51 years experience in Endocrinology
May be hypothyroid: If you are not very ill, which can lead to a low temperature, and the temp is below 97. 6, you may be hypothyroid. Remember, 98.6 is average, normal c ... Read More
2
2 thanks
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience in Podiatry
Core temperature: Normally is 98.6 degrees f. Or 37 degrees celsius.
1
1 thank
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience in Podiatry
Around 107: It appears to be 107 degrees f. At that temperature cells start shutting down and dying, leading of course to eventual body death as organs turn off a ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Soap and water: A mildsoap and water.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
38 years experience in Pediatrics
Always can get it: The issue is the younger the baby, the more severe the symptoms can be, once you are an older toddler or even an adult, if you catch it you just get " ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience in Orthodontics
Ask: Ask your dentist. He/she's been trained to recognize the difference. Sound's like you need a comprehensive examination. Don't put it off.
A 6-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
34 years experience in General Surgery
Warmer than Average: Infants don't regulate their body temperature well. In surgical situations, we use heat lamps and warm rooms to help. At home, in a nursery, the child ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
16 years experience in Pediatrics
Depends: Common conditions--coughs, colds, and minor ailments can be properly treated at home with supportive care. Many medicines--even those sold over the c ... Read More
2
2 thanks
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes: Many feel that fever is beneficial, although unproven. Fevers of 105 and above have the potential to damage brain tissue, or can compromise the cardi ... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience in Radiology
Needs evaluating: Bleeding hemorrhoids are a common cause but advise you see a gastroenterologist. At your age colon cancer screening should be performed anyway and thi ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brandon Greene
8 years experience in Pediatrics
Whatever they want: Most kids feel so crummy with the flu that they don't want to eat or drink anything. If they are hungry, that's a good sign! Give them what they want ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cindy Juster
35 years experience in Pediatrics
None!: Although most people use them, pillows really aren't good for our backs and necks, and can worsen our posture. Especially for a child who sleeps face ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. MARK LONG
Dr. MARK LONG answered
25 years experience in Pediatrics
Rectal: The rectal method gives the most reliable, accurate reading — which is why doctors often recommend it for babies under 3 months of age, when a correct ... Read More
6
6 thanks
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience in Infectious Disease
98.6F: Having dementia does not change what is considered normal body temperature. Normal temperature varies from 97.6 to 99.2 degrees f. During the day. I ... Read More
3
3 thanks
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Height: height in 11 year old depends on many factors, including genetics, family, diet, presence of diseases like hypothyroidism. Measure serial height since ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Depends: You must know about the Gaussian bell curve. The average is 37.0 Centigrade or 98.6 Fahrenheit. If the child is overdressed and cannot cool off the te ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rebecca Tennant
38 years experience in Family Medicine
Medication: A fever does not always need to be decreased. However, if your child is uncomfortable, there are things you can do to relieve that. Tepid baths or coo ... Read More
15
15 thanks
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience in Pediatrics
No procedure: The appropriate way to allow natural reduction in a serum antibodies is to first determine what is causing it to be elevated (treat the root cause). ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
42 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Lower: Lower than during the day is best. The average temperature ideal for sleeping is 68 f.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month