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Take Child Temperature
None: Although uncomfortable and there are other accurate ways to measure body temperature as one gets older, it can always be done. ...Read more
Kids temperature: Under arm temp is never reliable. Only strictly use rectal temp for kids (they are too young to protest!). Older kids can use buccal thermometer. When you take the temp, please always take many times daily as the temp is always higher at night when anybody has a high temperature. And please write down all the temps taken to bring to your doctor. Never tell the doc : I did not take my temp". ...Read more
For accuracy...: ...It's where the sun don't shine (rectal); for comfort, any of the others. Knowing the exact temperature is really not that important beyond 2 months of age. ...Read more
If under 8 weeks: Fever of 100.8 in the first 8 weeks should be evaluated immediately by a physician. After that point the need for evaluation is less and more dependent on other symptoms. Failure to wet diapers at least every 6 hours, lethergy, or an unwillingness to feed or play some would warrent a regular office visit. ...Read more
Other symptoms...: What age? If < 3 months old, call doc now. If toddler, fever of 102 is not dangerous. I would get more concerned if the child had other symptoms like: breathing difficulty, extreme tiredness (lethargy), dehydration (lots of vomiting and diarrhea without being able to drink), or very stiff neck. If not ill appearing, treating with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen ok. If still unsure, call pediatrician. ...Read more
Other symptoms are?: The average 5 yo will go thru 5-7 viral respiratory & GI illnesses per year, many of which will generate fever upwards of 102-103.It is a normal response to illness & doesn't signal severity of a problem. If the kid is playful, taking fluids well & has no scary complaints, the best person to evaluate the child is your regular dr. If quiet, refusing fluids, in obvious pain or showing scary sx go. ...Read more
Do you think I should take my child who has a 104.3 temperature, I gave him Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Benadryl to the ER which is closer or PEDIATRICIAN?
ER: Better than Pediatrician's office in such case with high fever, later you can follow up with his Pediatrician, ...Read more
ANY: If you believe your baby is sick enough that a trip to the ER is needed, just go. The fever in minor illness for a 5 month old can range from normal to 104+, and reflects the strong response baby is having to illness, it does not dictate how serious it is. Failing to feed, drink, play, respond to you are more predictive of serious illness. ...Read more
Baby temperature is 37.5 degree, her last reading dropped to 37.4 degrees. When should I take her to hospital to be checked by Dr?
Temps are normal.: What you have described in your question are normal body temperatures. However, I do not know the clinical circumstances surrounding your question. Regardless of the body temperature, if your baby is sick that he or she should be evaluated by a pediatrician, in an ED or Office. ...Read more
Where is the best place to take temperature on my 21 month old baby and what thermometer is best?
In the bottom.: Your toddler may not like it, but at this age, a rectal temperature is the most accurate. Digital thermometers are easy to find at the drug store; just make sure that it's a rectal one (they're labeled). Apply some petroleum jelly or KY jelly on the tip before inserting it. ...Read more
Baby temperature is 37.5 degree, she's 4 weeks old. When should I take her to hospital to be checked by Dr?
My baby is 14 months and has a temperature of 39, he also doesn’t want to eat. Is this teething symptoms or should I take him to a dr?
Teething: A temperature over 38.5 is probably not attributable to teething. an appointment with a Pediatrician would be advisable. Also, it is recommended that ALL children have their 1st Dental Examination by their 1st b'day. See a Pediatric Dental Specialist (Pedodontist) for all the same reasons you have chosen a Pediatric Medical Specialist, a Pediatrician, rather than a GP. ...Read more
My baby is 4 months old, I want to know what temperature is actually a fever? Is 37.5 a fever? And do I need to take her to emergency if she has one?
Your child has a fever if:
The rectal temperature is over 100.4F (38 Celsius). For children less than 4 or 5 years old, the rectum is the best way to check for fever. Or the ear temperature is over 99 F (37.2 Celsius). You can use an ear thermometer if your child is over 6 months old.-Or the temperature taken by mouth is over 99.5F.
need to know the symptoms for deciding if she needs to go to ER. ...Read more
1 month old baby 36.2 temperature won't stop crying. Pooped today but won't take a bottle at this time.
Needs to be checked: 1 month old baby with normal temp of 36.2c, and cintinyuing ti cry and refusing to feed needs to be checked, to find what is wrong.Crying for a short period or when hungry or constipated or havin intestinal colic or gassy is not abnormal and is expected but crying constantly and refusing to feed needs evaluation by your babies pediatrician. ...Read more
My baby’s temperature has been 39.7 for the last few hours. Should I take her m to the hospital? He is on an antibiotic, should I wait for it to work?
Should I take my baby to the e.R.? I checked his temperature from his armpit with a digital thermometer 3 different times. It read 101.3 all 3 times. I recall his dr saying before that if I checked temperature this way I should add on 1 degree. My baby fe
Fever *by itself*...: ...Is never an emergency. Fever plus very cranky, severe cough, much vomiting, out of it, short of breath, not drinking, etc - now that is an emergency, but that would still be an emergency even if fever wasn't there. Exception: any fever is an emergency in a baby under 2 months of age, or in a severely immunosuppressed person such as one on chemotherapy. ...Read more
My baby has a 103.5 axilary temperature. She is 11 months old. Should I take her to the emergency room? She has been on Tylenol (acetaminophen)
Other symptoms?: Fever is over-rated as an indicator of seriousness. A kid with a 103.5 temp, who is taking fluids well enough to void every 6-8 hours is at low risk for dehydration. If alert and aware, with mild increase in heart rate and breathing, you may do well to wait until a regular doc is available. If excessively sleepy, refusing fluids, or showing other sx suggestive of big problems go now. ...Read more
My 5 month old baby has a pin prick rash on torso, a cough and diarrhoea. His temperature is fine. Should I take him to the doctor? What could it be?
Rash, cough, diarrhe: It is difficult to treat & diagnose rashes without seeing them & he also has cough & diarrhea, yes he need to be checked, at the mean time keep him hydrated. No milk for 24 hrs, give pedialyte & baby rice cereal, saline nose drops to calm his cough until you see his doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
It would be nice to know the source of the temperature and the age of the baby but you are right it is high. Have him seen particularly for less than 3 months and if older particularly if he does respond to the antipyretic and has other symptoms.
All the best. Do not over bundle. ...Read more
Fever is Our Friend: The degree of fever at which you should worry is dependent of your child's age. A temperature of 100.4 or greater is considered a fever. A worrisome fever is 103-105 degrees especially if the child is irritable and/or not feeding or sleeping well. If a fever is prolonged, you should seek medical advice. ...Read more
Don't panic: While that temperature is considered a fever, it is not by any means a dangerous temperature. Your body makes a temperature to fight off germs, both bacteria and virus, that cause infections. The fever actually helps your immune system work better. Keep your child well hydrated, as a temperature causes you to need more fluids. See doc in next few days if fever doesn't go away or other symptoms. ...Read more
98.8 Degrees F: 98.8 degrees fahrenheit (or 37 degrees celsius) is the "textbook" normal temperature. However, individuals can have slightly lower or higher normal temperatures. Also, our body temperature naturally fluctuates throughout a 24-hour period (circadian rhythm). ...Read more
What is comfortable: Kids have the same thermostats as we do. So wherever you are comfortable they will probably be fine. ...Read more