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What range is considered fever using the ear thermometer in a 1 year old? is it true that 102 is low grade and only 104 higher is urgent?

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Dr. Maria Palafox
Breast Surgery 26 years experience
102: The ear, or tympanic , thermometer is pretty accurate, so the 102 is likely 102. If it goes higher in a one-year old I would suggest calling your pediatrician to see if an ER visit is appropriate. Push fluids to keep baby hydrated, like water or Pedialyte; consider Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin according to package instructions to bring fever down. If baby gets lethargic, go to ER
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
??how set up??: There are a variety of available ear thermometers and some have some odd features.Some you can set to read "oral" or "rectal". In these the unit subtracts to give an oral equivalent but gives the core read out as rectal. A fever is a fever.If it reads 101 as a core or rectal read, it is low grade and higher is higher.I see no need to consider using 102-104 as the entry point to be considered feve
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