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How low a temperature reading would require seeing a doctor for a 5yo? If we typically take axil., would we retake oral/rectal before deciding?

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Dr. Michael Grosso
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In brief: Rely on his behavior

Except if you've been hiking in winter, a low body temp would only be serious if he were showing signs of shock (whether due to infection, bleeding or other causes).
That would mean pale skin, blue lips, drowsiness, & maybe rapid breathing. It's the scary symptoms & not the temp that would send you to the emergency room!

In brief: Rely on his behavior

Except if you've been hiking in winter, a low body temp would only be serious if he were showing signs of shock (whether due to infection, bleeding or other causes).
That would mean pale skin, blue lips, drowsiness, & maybe rapid breathing. It's the scary symptoms & not the temp that would send you to the emergency room!
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