Is a body temperature of 37.4 normal?
Fever. In most adults, a fever is an oral temperature above 38°C (100.4°F) or a rectal or ear temperature above 38.3°C (101°F). A child has a fever when his or her rectal temperature is 38°C (100.4°F) or higher or armpit (axillary) temperature is 37.4°C (99.3°F) or higher. This is the most common cause of a fever.
When someone has a fever, the body raises the normal body temperature (as measured orally) above 37.5°C (99.5°F). A rectal temperature above 38°C (100.4°F) or an underarm temperature above 37.2°C (99°F) is also considered a fever.
- Fever is defined as an increase in body temperature above the normal range (greater than 37.3oC in the morning or 37.8oC in the evening). Body temperature is tightly controlled to allow the body to function normally. Normal body temperature ranges from 36oC to 37.3oC and varies slightly with the time of day.
- How can I reduce my child's fever without using medicine?
- Place a cool, damp washcloth on your child's forehead while she rests.
- Give your child a lukewarm tub bath or a sponge bath.
- Offer your child plenty of fluids and chilled foods, such as ice pops and yogurt, to help cool the body from the inside out and keep her hydrated.
- Use a fan.
- Fever: We consider a reading of 100.4° or above a fever, when taken rectally. Oral Temperature: Oral temperatures are usually accurate only for children 6 years of age and older. Fever: We consider a reading of 99.3° or above a fever, when taken orally.
Updated: 16th October 2019