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What are normal temperatures in children?

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A normal temperature is 98.6 F if taken in the mouth, and 99.6 F if taken on the bottom. If the oral temperature is above 99.5 F or the rectal reading is 100.4 F or higher, your child has a fever.

Call your doctor ASAP if your baby is younger than 3 months and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 F or higher. Even if your baby doesn’t have any other symptoms, a fever in infants can be serious.

From: How to Read Your Child’s Vital Signs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Vital Signs.”

KidsHealth: “How to Take Your Child’s Pulse.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Ages & Stages,” “Signs and Symptoms of Fever,” “Fever,” “How to Take a Child’s Temperature,” “Screening and Treating Kids for High Blood Pressure: AAP Report Explained,” “Clinical Practice Guideline for Screening and Management of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents.”

American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians. , Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2004. APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Signs of Respiratory Distress in Children.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Fever in Infants and Children,” “High Blood Pressure.”

Mayo Clinic: “High Blood Pressure in Children.”

National High Blood Pressure Education Program: “A Pocket Guide to Blood Pressure Measurement in Children.”

American Heart Association: “Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on December 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Vital Signs.”

KidsHealth: “How to Take Your Child’s Pulse.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Ages & Stages,” “Signs and Symptoms of Fever,” “Fever,” “How to Take a Child’s Temperature,” “Screening and Treating Kids for High Blood Pressure: AAP Report Explained,” “Clinical Practice Guideline for Screening and Management of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents.”

American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians. , Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2004. APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Signs of Respiratory Distress in Children.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Fever in Infants and Children,” “High Blood Pressure.”

Mayo Clinic: “High Blood Pressure in Children.”

National High Blood Pressure Education Program: “A Pocket Guide to Blood Pressure Measurement in Children.”

American Heart Association: “Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on December 15, 2017

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