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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Rectal temp: No, just uncommon to have to take a temp that way in current times with current instrumentation. ...Read more
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
9mo registered 96°F rectal temp using two thermometers. Is there something wrong? She has been acting normal but had fever yesterday.
A little low: A rectal temp of 96 in an infant is a bit on the low side. Although infections typically present with HIGH temperature, some present with a LOW one. This situation is unlikely in the face of a well appearing child, but a trip to the pediatrician for reassurance wouldn't be a bad idea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My husband applied lube on the thermometer to take rectal temp of baby. He told me that the lube didn't have a lid (lost) for days. Risk of infection?
Doubtful/improbable: This is highly unlikely to create any problems. Worry not. ...Read more
1yr old has a rectal temp of 100.4, she is fussy,and her body is warmer than usual.Eat/drink/urine is normal. What can I do to help her?
Have rectal temp of 96.6. took it after comparing ear temps with daughter and saw the low reading. no other symptoms but is this concerning?
Slightly low: It seems minimally low, I would suggest retaking it. If you have been cold recently, warm up and then take it again. ...Read more
Was giving one of my children a rectal temp. Before i had a chance to wash it, his bro took thermometer and put it up nose. Worry about e. Coli?
It happens: Kids do crazy things sometimes. Something like this comes along that you never even though could happen in your home. Our skin/mucosal linings are there to protect us. In the event of redness in or around the nose and/or discharge, have your pediatrician take a look. Otherwise, remind him to never do that again. Take a deep breath, he'll be ok. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For a week my 2 yo son has had a 1.5-2 degree drop in rectal temp & a 20 beat drop in heart rate. Both still in normal range, no other symp. Thoughts?
Normal ?: Normal biorhythms see the body temperature fluctuate with activity and time of day, usually dropping in the average person to its lowest around 4-6 am and highest at 4-6 pm. Heart rate also fluctuates and settled down in the resting state while elevating during activity. The numbers you mention are not particularly concerning but should be correlated with other symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My nine month old baby has a rectal temp of 103.1. He vomited once and just wanted to roll over and go back to sleep.
Been having fevers, but my tympanic temp is higher than my rectal temp. Was careful not to lie on ear and three times same temp. Which one is right?
Rectal temp: Rectal thermometer is always more reliable and gives accurate temperature reading of your core body. ...Read more
My 17 mo old had to go to urgent care on Sat 06/21/14. They did a rectal temp 4 times. How would I know if they punctured his intestines? What signs?
My 7 month old son has no signs of being sick. He felt warm so I took a rectal temp and it's 102.3 I just gave him ibprofen. When should I take to er?
Fever: Continue to watch him, and give ibuprofen. If the fever hasn't resolved in 24-48hrs, have him seen. Make sure you force fluids. If he seems to be getting worse, fever that doesn't respond to ibuprofen, very irritable or very lethargic; have him seen sooner. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer