Is a temperature of 98.7 high?

1. A normal temperature is a range, not a number. The body temperature of an average, healthy human child or adult is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). But that does not make 98.7 degrees a fever or 98.5 degrees a case of hypothermia.
A.

Is rectal temperature higher than temporal?

Your child has a fever if he or she: Has a rectal, ear or temporal artery temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher. Has an oral temperature of 100 F (37.8 C) or higher. Has an armpit temperature of 99 F (37.2 C) or higher.
  • What is the normal range for temporal temperature?

    The average normal oral temperature is 98.6°F (37°C). An armpit (axillary) temperature is usually 0.5°F (0.3°C) to 1°F (0.6°C) lower than an oral temperature. A forehead (temporal) scanner is usually 0.5°F (0.3°C) to 1°F (0.6°C) lower than an oral temperature.
  • What forehead temperature is a fever?

    Rectal, Forehead or Ear temperature: 100.4 F° (38.0° C) or higher.
    Oral (Mouth) temperature: 100° F (37.8° C) or higher.
    Under the arm (Armpit) temperature: 99° F (37.2° C) or higher.
    Caution: Ear temperatures are not accurate before 6 months of age.
  • What is considered a high temperature for adults?

    Rectal temperatures, when compared to oral temperatures taken at the same time, are about 1.8 F (0.6 C) higher. Consequently, an accurate measurement of body temperature (best is rectal core temperature) of 100.4 F (38 C) or above is considered to be a "fever" and the person has a febrile illness.
B.

What is the rectal temperature?

A normal temperature is about 98.6°F (37°C) when taken orally (in your child's mouth) and 99.6°F (37.5°C) when taken rectally (in your child's bottom). Many doctors define a fever as an oral temperature above 99.5°F (37.5°C) or a rectal temperature above 100.4°F (38°C).
  • Is a body temperature of 99.5 a fever?

    In general, a baby has a fever when their body temperature exceeds 100.4°F, or 38°C. A child has a fever when their temperature exceeds 99.5°F, or 37.5°C. An adult has a fever when their temperature exceeds 99 to 99.5°F, or 37.2 to 37.5°C.
  • What is the rectal temperature?

    A normal temperature is about 98.6°F (37°C) when taken orally (in your child's mouth) and 99.6°F (37.5°C) when taken rectally (in your child's bottom). Many doctors define a fever as an oral temperature above 99.5°F (37.5°C) or a rectal temperature above 100.4°F (38°C).
  • What can I use to lubricate a rectal thermometer?

    Calm your baby. Place a small amount of water-based lubricant (such as K-Y® Jelly) on the tip of the thermometer. (Some thermometers come with thin covers to use while taking a rectal temperature.) Avoid using petroleum jelly, like Vaseline®, because you may not get an accurate reading.

Updated: 11th December 2019

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