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Is Having A Low Baseline Temperature Bad
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
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
See details: Normal temp is 98.6 plus or minus 1 degree. ...Read more
These past few days my temperature has been in between 97.1-97.6 is that normal? And why is it so low?
Measurement: How are you measuring your temperature? Your actual body temperature correlates most closely with a rectal temperature. Oral temperatures tend to run lower than actual temperature, and other locations of measurement drop off significantly in accuracy and precision. With a temperature of 97.1 I wouldn't worry about it. It most likely reflects imprecision in measurement. ...Read more
What time is it?: Your temperature varies during the day. It may be around 96 early before you get up and close to 100 on a warm afternoon. 98.6 is an average. If it's cold and you're shivering you're hypothermic--like outside in cold weather or in an unheated house. I hope to keep my temperature above room temperature as long as i can... ...Read more
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
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