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Red Lodge, MT
A 32-year-old female asked:

My toddler often gets fevers of 101-ish just on his head. is it weird that his body is "cool"(98-ish) while the forehead thermometer reads 101?

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Dr. Amy Halanski
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Not a true fever: When we have a fever, our whole body is hot. It's just easier to measure our temperature on our foreheads, mouths, or armpits. Your little guy is just releasing extra body heat out of the head. This is very normal; this is why we wear hats in the winter to keep the heat in, not lost to the environment.
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