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What Temperature Is Too Low For A Child
My 6 year old child has a low temperature (97.3 - 98.3) and is tired today. What does this temperature mean?
May be hypothyroid: If you are not very ill, which can lead to a low temperature, and the temp is below 97. 6, you may be hypothyroid. Remember, 98.6 is average, normal can be 1 degree above or below. The temperature normally goes down at night and is lowest about 4:00-6:00 A.M. About 2 hours before awakening. Then it can be as low as 97. ...Read more
Low Temp: This is generally not worrisome. For starters, most thermometers are not %100 accurate. Additionally, the most important factor is your child's appearance. A well-appearing child with a temp of 96 is just fine. An ill-appearing child with any temp needs to be examined by their doctor. ...Read more
What is a normal temperature in a baby? Also, is there such thing as too low temperature and what should I do if that is the case?
Depends: Depends on which thermometer you use- temperatures taken under the arm or in the ear tend to be lower than rectal temperatured, a normal rectal temperature is 98.6 plus or minus 1 degree. (97.6-99.6) subtract another degree if taking it under the arm. If your baby's temp is low, be sure he or she is dressed warmly enough. ...Read more
My baby isn't wetting her dippers and has a low temperature and isn't eating normal. Her temperature is 96.2 degrees?
We have a 7 month old baby with temperature of 35. Is this too low? What should we do? 2 days ago he was running a high temperature of 38.4.
The answer to this: Really depends on what he was ill with, how he is otherwise now, what medications if any have been given, and how the temperature was taken. Please resubmit with more information and please have him seen by his doctor. ...Read more
I am pregnant, suffering from allergies plus a virus. Last couple of days I feel hot but my temperature is low-why is it low is it dangerous for baby?
Unlikely: Unless there's an element of hypothermia, wherein your ambient temperature is cold, it's not going to harm your baby. The best treatment for viral infection in pregnancy is lots of fluids and rest, rest, rest. Allergies, you can take otc allegra, Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec if they are bothering you. But as far as the cold is considered, just dress warmly and get some rest so you can recover. ...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
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
None: Although uncomfortable and there are other accurate ways to measure body temperature as one gets older, it can always be done. ...Read more
Depends: Fever is part of the body's defense. It makes it more difficult for the germ/virus to win the battle. Thus the fever goes when the "battle" is won. If the temp goes unusually high, e.g. 105, tepid sponging of the whole body helps without causing trouble. We now know that aspirin, given to a child sometijmes gives rise to complications that are worse than the uri/flu etc. ...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
None: Both are approxmately 37 degrees centigrade or 98.4-6 fahrenheit. ...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
100.4 F (38.0 C): Fever in a child is a temperature of 100.4 farenheit or 38.0 celcius. In an infant, this temperature should be measured rectally. Temps taken under the arm in a baby may read falsely lower than the child's real core body temperature. Fever is more serious in a newborn baby in general than in an older child. ...Read more
More than 103:
It is more common for children to have higher tempt when they are sick comparing to adults. When tempt is too high....It can induce seizure etc....Thus it is important to keep it under control...Depending on the age of your child, tylenol/motrin can be used to help. Also, cool compresses i.E a cool towel on the forehead areas, cool sponge baths etc...
You shoul consult for doc.. ...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
See a pediatrician: And do this asap. Diarrhea alone in a 9 month old should simply result in a need for hydration, but high fevers should require an assessment by a pediatrician for serious systemic illness with GI symptoms. A 9 year old can become critically ill very very quickly. Please have your baby seen and evaluated. Hope they are better soon. ...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
When taking a childs temperature under the arm, how many more degrees are you syppose to add to it?
Rule of thumb is one: Add a degree if taking the temperature under the arm, subtract a degree when taking the temperature rectally. ...Read more
My 2years old child is suddenly running high temperature. He started a malarial medication but it is not coming down, why?
A little: All of us have higher body temperature at night than in the daytime, usually only by one or two degrees. Normal at night can be up to 100 or so, and some children sweat normally while sleeping. But night is also the most common time to have a fever, especially if the temp is over 100 or even higher. ...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
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