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What does your body temperature tell you?

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Your body’s like a little furnace. It puts out heat all the time. It comes from your body doing the work that keeps you alive. When it puts out a lot more or a lot less heat than usual, it’s trying to tell you there’s a problem.

SOURCES:

Kids Health: “Fever and Taking Your Child’s Temperature.”

Mayo Clinic: “Fever: First Aid,” “Fever,” “Hypothermia.”

Paediatrics & Child’s Health : “How to take a child’s temperature.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Vital Signs (Body Temperature, Pulse Rate, Respiration Rate, Blood Pressure)."

Cleveland Clinic: “Your Child’s Fevers: 5 Common Myths Debunked.”

American Family Physician : “Evaluation of Fever in Infants and Young Children.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Kids Health: “Fever and Taking Your Child’s Temperature.”

Mayo Clinic: “Fever: First Aid,” “Fever,” “Hypothermia.”

Paediatrics & Child’s Health : “How to take a child’s temperature.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Vital Signs (Body Temperature, Pulse Rate, Respiration Rate, Blood Pressure)."

Cleveland Clinic: “Your Child’s Fevers: 5 Common Myths Debunked.”

American Family Physician : “Evaluation of Fever in Infants and Young Children.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 15, 2019

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