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What is the normal body temperature of a child and a adult?

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David Escobar
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
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In brief: Method

There can also be small variations in what is considered a normal temperature, based on how one obtains it (e.
g., tympanic, oral, axillary, temporal or rectal).

In brief: Method

There can also be small variations in what is considered a normal temperature, based on how one obtains it (e.
g., tympanic, oral, axillary, temporal or rectal).
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

In brief: Adults 101

According to webmd.
..In most adults, an oral temperature above 100°f (37.8°c) or a rectal or ear temperature above 101°f (38.3°c) is considered a fever. A child has a fever when his or her rectal temperature is 100.4°f (38°c) or higher. All complaints of fever should be taking seriously despite what the thermometer shows. Analgesics lower the temperature & there is variation among different techs.

In brief: Adults 101

According to webmd.
..In most adults, an oral temperature above 100°f (37.8°c) or a rectal or ear temperature above 101°f (38.3°c) is considered a fever. A child has a fever when his or her rectal temperature is 100.4°f (38°c) or higher. All complaints of fever should be taking seriously despite what the thermometer shows. Analgesics lower the temperature & there is variation among different techs.
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Dr. Stefania Lima
Pediatrics

In brief: See below

We usually consider a fever in children if the temperature is above or equal to 100.
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In brief: See below

We usually consider a fever in children if the temperature is above or equal to 100.
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