A normal temperature for children or adults is about 37 degrees Celsius or 98 degrees Fahrenheit when it is taken orally. When temperature is measured rectally, then it is usually 0.5 degrees Celsius higher than oral temperature. So, a normal temperature would range up to 37.5 degrees Celsius or 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit when it is taken rectally.
However, a temperature varies during the day, and even in children who are healthy. Many doctors define that a fever is when temperature is taken in an oral method and is above 37.8 degrees Celsius or 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, a rectal temperature above 38.0 degrees Celsius or 101 degrees Fahrenheit is considered to be fever temperature. Ear temperatures is usually not accurate in children who are under 6 months old and also, it is not recommended in children who are in the age group of 1 to 2 years.
When you touch a child soon after playing, he or she may usually seem hot and you think he or she has a fever by touching the forehead. However, this is not at all an accurate way to tell if the child has fever or not. Even fever strips that you get off the shelf in supermarkets, which are to be placed on the child's forehead, may not give accurate results.
The best way to measure your child's temperature is to take an oral or a rectal temperature by placing the thermometer or by simply using the ear thermometer. For children who are under the age of 2, you can check the temperature by taking an axillary temperature if you want to get an accurate measurement and know whether the child really has fever.
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