Many people falsely assume that anything over 98.6° is a fever, but that simply isn't the case. I checked with my pediatrician's website and found this information to share with my readers about a fever.
Your child has a fever if:
- Rectal, Ear or Temporal Artery (TA) temperature: 100.4° F (38.0° C) or higher
- Oral or Pacifier temperature: 100° F (37.8° C) or higher
- Under the arm (Axillary or armpit) temperature: 99° F (37.2° C) or higher
- Limitation: Ear (Tympanic Membrane) temperatures are not reliable before 6 months of age
- Temporal artery and skin infrared temperatures may be reliable in young infants (new research)
- Use this guideline if fever is your child's only symptom