Tuesday, February 26, 2013

At What Temperature Does My Child Have a Fever? When Should They Stay Home?

My friend's daughter was sent home from school the other day because she had a "fever."  Her temperature was 99°.  When she took her child to the doctor, she was informed that 99° is not a fever.

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
Anytime your child has a fever by these guidelines, they should remain at home.

This information is not to take place of medical advice.  If you are concerned about your child's temperature, you should consult your doctor.  If your child has other symptoms along with  a fever, consult your doctor or other healthcare provider.

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