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What is a normal temperature?
Temperature-taking: recommended techniques and normal temperatures
1
Putting the fever in perspective
3
Recommended technique
Normal temperature range
A LOW GRADE FEVER is a rectal reading
between 38°C (100.4°F) and 39°C
Age
rectal
mouth
ear
armpit
°C
°F
(102°F). This is the normal body reaction
(102°F). This is the normal body reaction
to fighting infection.
to fighting infection.
First choice:
First choice:
Birth to 2 years
36.6 to 38
97.9 to 100.4
A MODERATE GRADE FEVER is a rectal
A MODERATE GRADE FEVER
Second choice:
Second choice:
34.7 to 37.3
94.5 to 99.1
reading between 39°C (102°F) and 40°C
reading between 39°C (102°F) and 40°C
(104°F). If their temperature is in this
(104°F). If their temperature is in this
range, you should give your child
range, you should give your child
range, you should give your child
range, you should give your child
First choice:
First choice:
2–5 years
36.6 to 38
97.9 to 100.4
medication to bring the temperature down
medication to bring the temperature down
to low grade.
to low grade.
Second choices:
Second choices:
35.8 to 38
96.4 to 100.4
A HIGH FEVER is a rectal reading over
A HIGH FEVER
34.7 to 37.3
94.5 to 99.1
41°C (106°F). At this point, you should
41°C (106°F). At this point, you should
give your child medication to bring down
give your child medication to bring down
the fever and see your doctor. Fevers are
the fever and see your doctor. Fevers are
5+ years
First choice:
First choice:
35.5 to 37.5
95.9 to 99.5
only harmful if they are above 42.3°C
only harmful if they are above 42.3°C
(108°F).
(108°F).
Second choices:
Second choices:
35.8 to 38
96.4 to 100.4
Children under 2 months with a rectal
Children under 2 months with a rectal
34.7 to 37.3
94.5 to 99.1
temperature over 38°C (100.4°F) should
temperature over 38°C (100.4°F) should
see a doctor.
see a doctor.
Keep in mind:
1
The degree of a fever does not tell you how sick your child is. A child with a mild infection can have a high fever,
while a child with a severe infection might have no fever at all. A better sign is how your child is acting.
What is a normal temperature?
Temperature-taking: recommended techniques and normal temperatures
1
Putting the fever in perspective
3
Recommended technique
Normal temperature range
A LOW GRADE FEVER is a rectal reading
between 38°C (100.4°F) and 39°C
Age
rectal
mouth
ear
armpit
°C
°F
(102°F). This is the normal body reaction
(102°F). This is the normal body reaction
to fighting infection.
to fighting infection.
First choice:
First choice:
Birth to 2 years
36.6 to 38
97.9 to 100.4
A MODERATE GRADE FEVER is a rectal
A MODERATE GRADE FEVER
Second choice:
Second choice:
34.7 to 37.3
94.5 to 99.1
reading between 39°C (102°F) and 40°C
reading between 39°C (102°F) and 40°C
(104°F). If their temperature is in this
(104°F). If their temperature is in this
range, you should give your child
range, you should give your child
range, you should give your child
range, you should give your child
First choice:
First choice:
2–5 years
36.6 to 38
97.9 to 100.4
medication to bring the temperature down
medication to bring the temperature down
to low grade.
to low grade.
Second choices:
Second choices:
35.8 to 38
96.4 to 100.4
A HIGH FEVER is a rectal reading over
A HIGH FEVER
34.7 to 37.3
94.5 to 99.1
41°C (106°F). At this point, you should
41°C (106°F). At this point, you should
give your child medication to bring down
give your child medication to bring down
the fever and see your doctor. Fevers are
the fever and see your doctor. Fevers are
5+ years
First choice:
First choice:
35.5 to 37.5
95.9 to 99.5
only harmful if they are above 42.3°C
only harmful if they are above 42.3°C
(108°F).
(108°F).
Second choices:
Second choices:
35.8 to 38
96.4 to 100.4
Children under 2 months with a rectal
Children under 2 months with a rectal
34.7 to 37.3
94.5 to 99.1
temperature over 38°C (100.4°F) should
temperature over 38°C (100.4°F) should
see a doctor.
see a doctor.
Keep in mind:
1
The degree of a fever does not tell you how sick your child is. A child with a mild infection can have a high fever,
while a child with a severe infection might have no fever at all. A better sign is how your child is acting.