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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

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more


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1 month old infant with forehead temp of 98.9, is it considered a fever?

1 month old infant with forehead temp of 98.9, is it considered a fever?

No: Pediatricians consider greater than or equal to 100.4 to be fever in a child less than one year of age. It is important to take the temperature recatally as this will give you the most accurate body temperature location. ...Read more

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What kind of virus passes through an infant for a few hours with only fever and otherwise my daughter seems fine just slight temp of 100.5 earlier?

What kind of virus passes through an infant for a few hours with only fever and otherwise my daughter seems fine just slight temp of 100.5 earlier?

Too fast: Viruses generally have a longer effect upon their hosts (your daughter), I do not know of one that would initiate and be shed so quickly. Perhaps it is a minor reaction to a mild virus, or just as easily be food related or environmentally induced. Take temp several ways and see, orally, basally, by ear, armpit. If she starts to really feel unwell consult with an md. ...Read more

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Is it normal if an infant is running a high temp for their hands n feet to turn ice cold for the duration of the fever? And why

Is it normal if an infant is running a high temp for their hands n feet to turn ice cold for the duration of the fever? And why

NO not normal: An infant running a "high temp" should be seen to determine the etiology. I would recommend calling your health care provider and reporting this. ...Read more

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How to tell if an infant has a fever?

Take Their Temp: Many things make a child feel warm, not all of which have elevated body temperature.Take the temperature, rectally best. ...Read more

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Are fevers and teething in babies associated?

Are fevers and teething in babies associated?

Teething and fever: I would add that if your baby's temperature is above 101*f, teething is less likely to be the cause. If you have any concerns, see your baby's doctor. ...Read more

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What is normal temperature to detect that infant have fever?

What is normal temperature to detect that infant have fever?

100.4 F: Most agree that a rectal temperature of 100.4 and above represent a fever in an infant. ...Read more

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What's the safest fever reliefs medicine brand I can use for babies and toddlers? Thanks.

What's the safest fever reliefs medicine brand I can use for babies and toddlers? Thanks.

Depends on age: If less than 6 months old, then Acetaminophen (Children's Tylenol) is your only option. If over 6 months old you can try Ibuprofen ( Children's Advil) either instead of or in addition to the acetaminophen. ...Read more