What should I do if my child has a low temperature?

What body temperature is too low for a child?

A temperature below 97 F is considered too low for babies. Older adults can also struggle to keep their body temperature in a normal range if they’re somewhere with intense air conditioning or there’s not enough heat. For both the elderly and young children, a below-normal body temperature can be a sign they’re sick.

What can cause low body temperature in a child?

Low body temperature may occur from cold exposure, shock, alcohol or drug use, or certain metabolic disorders, such as diabetes or hypothyroidism. A low body temperature may also be present with an infection, particularly in newborns, older adults, or people who are frail.

Is a low temperature anything to worry about?

Body temperature below 95°F (35°C) is considered abnormally low, and the condition is known as hypothermia. This happens when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat. Hypothermia is a medical emergency, which if left untreated can lead to brain damage and cardiac failure.

Can a low temperature mean you are sick?

Low body temperature and illness. Certain illnesses, or incorrect temperature readings, could factor into why your thermometer reads 96°F (35.55°C), but you feel sick. Low body temperature could also be a symptom of a serious illness like hypothermia or sepsis, but you’d likely have severe symptoms.

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What temperature is too low for a 5 year old?

The normal temperature of a child is generally between 97.7°F (36.5°C) and 99.5°F (37.5°C) when measured with an oral thermometer. If the temperature drops below 97.7°F (36.5°C), the condition is known as “hypothermia” (low body temperature).

When should you worry about child’s body temperature?

Call your doctor if you have an: infant younger than 3 months old with a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. older child with a temperature of higher than 102.2°F (39°C)

What does a low body temperature indicate?

Why is my body temperature low? Studies show that core body temperature decreases with age. Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, can also slow down metabolism, which can lead to a drop in body temperature. If your core body temperature dips down to 95 F (35 C) or lower, that’s considered hypothermia.

Can a viral infection cause a low body temperature?

When you have an infection, your body’s temperature usually rises as it tries to fight off the bug causing the infection. Interestingly, some people see their body temperature go down (hypothermia) instead of up.

Can a child have a fever for no reason?

An unexplained fever is greater cause for concern in infants and in children than in adults. Call your baby’s doctor if your child is: Younger than age 3 months and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher.

What do hospitals do for babies with fevers?

A baby less than 28 days old, who has a fever, will be admitted to the hospital for further observation and treatment. This is the standard of care at all hospitals. Antibiotics will be continued until all the culture results come back.

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