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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?
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