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My 19mom daughter has a rectal temp of 101.9. What should I do?

My 19mom daughter has a rectal temp of 101.9. What should I do?

Rectal temp: The rectal temp is one degree less and is 100.9 body temp. Push fluids for now and you can use tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen if the fever rises ...Read more

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Is 98.7 rectal temp a fever in an infant?

Is 98.7 rectal temp a fever in an infant?

No: In infants the definition of fever is 100.4 (38C). If you have an infant under 3 months with that temperature, call your doctor or go to the ER. Beyond 3 months, call your doctor if the temperature reaches 102.2 (39C) or higher. Obviously, if your infant is vomiting, unable to arouse, or showing any other symptoms that concern you, call your doctor or go to the ER. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My 8 month old has rectal temp of 100.4 since two days, fussy, vomits on force eating, teething, no other symptom?

My 8 month old has rectal temp of 100.4 since two days, fussy, vomits on force eating, teething, no other symptom?

Fever advice: These symptoms with fever can be due to many causes, mostly harmless viral infections which resolve, but there are more serious bacterial infections (e.g. ear, chest, urine, meningitis are some) which may need assessment by your doctor. See http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/fever for comprehensive advice. Teething is not always the cause of a fever. Fluids are more important than food for a sick child. ...Read more

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Would you know if you perforated toddlers colon by taking rectal temp? Is it hard to do? I took his temp yesterday. He said "ow" and cried.

Would you know if you perforated toddlers colon by taking rectal temp? Is it hard to do? I took his temp yesterday. He said "ow" and cried.

Yes: Within hours the kid would be deathly ill as germs entered the area and an infection. It is exceedingly difficult to perforate the colon taking a temperature.I can't remember hearing or reading of a case ever in 3 decades. A little petroleum jelly on the thermometer helps it slide in easier. ...Read more

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My son is 10 months and he has been very sweaty to the point it looks like i just gave him a bath. Rectal temp was 97.6. Should i be worried?

My son is 10 months and he has been very sweaty to the point it looks like i just gave him a bath.  Rectal temp was 97.6. Should i be worried?

Keep room temp. low: Rarely, sweating can indicate an underlying condition. Babies with congenital heart problems will have trouble eating and begin to sweat as they work hard to eat. Nervous system disorders, breathing problems, genetic disorders or thyroid problems could also cause your baby to sweat excessively throughout the day. Usually, your baby will show other signs of illness: pale skin or poor weight gain. ...Read more

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Two-year-old was very crabby this evening and his rectal temp is 97.2 through 97.5. He usually runs a little higher. Is this normal temp. 10 pm here.

Two-year-old was very crabby this evening and his rectal temp is 97.2 through 97.5. He usually runs a little higher. Is this normal temp. 10 pm here.

Thermometers: Certainly the temperature is not high (<100.5) and that is reassuring. You might want to try another thermometer: either one for ear or under that arm. I do not recommend doing rectal temperatures on 2 year olds. They are not cooperative enough and it could be dangerous. Being crabby could be the early sign of illness so watch closely for other signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it normal for 2 yo to have a rectal temp of 97 right upon waking? He hates covers & kicks them off every night. It rises to normal within 1/2 hour.

Is it normal for 2 yo to have a rectal temp of 97 right upon waking? He hates covers & kicks them off every night. It rises to normal within 1/2 hour.

Yes: 97 is in the normal range. If he is otherwise well, don't worry about his temperature so much! the human body does a great job of regulating these things. ...Read more

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Could it be bad to take a rectal temp after a certain age?

Rectal temp: No, just uncommon to have to take a temp that way in current times with current instrumentation. ...Read more

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Should i worry about a rectal temp of 97.9- 98.0? No obvious symptoms and temp is usually 98.8-99.2

Should i worry about a rectal temp of 97.9- 98.0? No obvious symptoms and temp is usually 98.8-99.2

Not yet: If you have no symptoms, then it would seem that you have no problems. However, I would continue to monitor your temp and keep an eye out for symptoms that may develop. If you develop symptoms and have an abnormal body temp, then you should go to your primary care doctor for evaluation. Otherwise, you are probably OK. ...Read more