Q What temperature is feverish in children?
A If your child is well, his or her body temperature will sit at 37 °C on average, with fluctuations of 0.6°C either side of that, depending on the time of day. A temperature of anything above 37.8 °C in a child is considered a fever. However, there are slight variances depending on where the temperature is measured, which is good to keep in mind with so many different types of thermometers on the market.
- An ear reading (instant and accurate) will give a higher reading than an oral reading.
- A digital thermometer in your child’s armpit will give a lower reading than an oral reading.
- A fever strip placed on your bub’s forehead might be quick and handy to use as a general guide (if they are sleeping, for example), but they are not as accurate as other methods.
You can bring the temperature down by giving your child a dose of age-appropriate fever medication; ibuprofen-based products are likely to reduce temperatures faster than those based on paracetamol. If your youngster has a fever and is experiencing irritability and lethargy, restlessness, stiffness in the neck, vomiting, has a rash or appears very sick, seek medical attention, no matter what the temperature reading.
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*Pelen Fet al. Ann Pediatr 1998; 45(10): 719-28, Autrect-Leca E et al. Cutt Med Res Opin 2007; 23(9): 2205-11.
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