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A 27-year-old female asked:

My 2 year old started with a fever yesterday afternoon. no other symptoms aside from fever, being cold and sensitive body/skin.. the ear thermometer says 36.5, under the arm thermometer says 38.5... not sure if the ear one is broken ?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
While that temperature is considered a very low grade fever, it is not by any means dangerous. Your body makes a temperature to fight off germs, both bacteria and virus, that cause infections. The fever actually helps your immune system work better. Keep your child well hydrated, as a temperature causes you to need more fluids. See doc in next few days if fever doesn't go away or other symptom
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Agree with Dr. Maes. Also, if you're unsure whether a temperature reading is accurate, a rectal temperature is most accurate; consider rechecking with that. Ear thermometers are often not accurate.
Mar 4, 2021

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