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Is Having A Low Baseline Temperature Bad
How Old? How Low?: Keep in mind that 98.6 is simply an average temperature. A lower temp may be normal for him. A child who is very ill can have a low temperature which is ominous for a serious infection, but I am speaking of a listless child generally so sick he'd be in an ICU somewhere. Also keep in mind that many thermometers measure temps " outside" of the body, so they will read lower than a rectal temp ...Read more
No: The average temperature is 98.6 degrees fahrenheit. Temperatures are known to fluctuate throughout the day. There is also a wide variance between where the temperature is taken (forehead, mouth, armpit, rectum). If you feel fine and repeat temperatures are similar, there is little to worry about. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not often: Unless you have been stuck in a situation that might cause hypothermia, I wouldn't worry about that temperature. It could be an error in measurement either with the thermometer or with technique. The most accurate temperatures are core temperatures from rectal, bladder, or esophageal probes. Any other route has a bias to read lower than the actual temperature. ...Read more
See details: Normal temp is 98.6 plus or minus 1 degree. ...Read more
My daughters temperature is 96.8 and she is only 5. Is that considered too low and should I be worried?
Varies: Everyone's body temperature is different .96.8 is low but if you feel good and have no other signs and symptoms , you need not worry but if you are intolerant to cold , heat, tired all the time , feel down etc , you need to get check for thyroid problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My baby isn't wetting her dippers and has a low temperature and isn't eating normal. Her temperature is 96.2 degrees?
S/he look okay?: The height of the fever is not as important as the duration, response to antipyretics (tylenol, motrin), and how the child appears. I tend to be more worried about a baby with a temp of 101 who looks ill, than one with a temp of 104 (responding to medication down to 101) who is playful or appears a little more perky. Over 3 days of fever or a temperature above 105 should prompt a call or visit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low Temp: This is generally not worrisome. For starters, most thermometers are not %100 accurate. Additionally, the most important factor is your child's appearance. A well-appearing child with a temp of 96 is just fine. An ill-appearing child with any temp needs to be examined by their doctor. ...Read more
See HA specialist: A migraine is not just simply a headache. Rather, it should be viewed as an attack that is accompanied by various neurological (low temperature) and non-neurological features as well as headache. See an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and management. ...Read more
Getting a cold: "colds" are usually caused by viruses, typically spread by inhaling droplets when someone coughs or sneezes, or by touching contaminated surfaces. While you cannot get a cold only by being out in cold or rainy weather, if someone develops hypothermia due to excessive cold exposure with lowering of core temperature, it might affect their immune system making them more susceptible to infections. ...Read more
LOW BODY TEMPERATURE: You did not say how low is your temp'even though 98.4 is cosidered normal bp.But some people have 1 to 1.5 degree lower than that as their normal temp and they feel fine without any symptoms and do not feel cold.Your body is used to this temp and you feel normal. ...Read more
Fever: 100.4 F is considered a fever for everyone. We all have a slight variation from 98.6 F which is a statistically derived normal temperature. By convention 100.4 F is deemed an abnormal temperature or a fever. We do not adjust that definition for individuals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My temperature is 96.2 and I have had bronchitis & am getting better. Should I worry about the low temp?
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