Is a body temperature of 96.9 normal?
The answer is: probably, if you're an adult. Body temperature readings can vary depending on how you take your temperature. For example, in an adult with no symptoms of illness, a 96.9 armpit reading wouldn't be considered abnormal at all. Mild hypothermia is defined as a core body temperature below 95F.
The average normal body temperature is generally accepted as 98.6°F (37°C). Some studies have shown that the "normal" body temperature can have a wide range, from 97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C). A temperature over 100.4°F (38°C) most often means you have a fever caused by an infection or illness.
- Normal body temperature ranges from 97.5°F to 98.9°F (36.4°C to 37.2°C). It tends to be lower in the morning and higher in the evening.
- Body temps very from person to person. Usually 98.1 to 98.6 is the normal temp, but mine is usually 96.8 for example. So where it may be low for someone else, it's my normal. So 98.6 would be a fever for me.
- Checking a fever this way is more accurate than we used to think. But if you're going to call the doctor, use a thermometer to measure the fever. The body's average temperature when it is measured orally is 97.6°F (36.5°C). Fever is a symptom, not a disease.
Updated: 2nd October 2019