My 2 yr old has an ear infection and has a 96.4 temp.
Kate CP - posted on 02/16/2012
No, you do NOT subtract if you take temperatures rectally. That is core body temperature and is as accurate as you can get.
What you should do:
STOP the fever reducers. You should only give them if the child is uncomfortable to help them sleep or the fever is over 102.
Talk to a different doctor in the morning or contact an after hours clinic and talk to an RN.
Laura - posted on 02/16/2012
I took her temp rectally and at bed time I gave her a fever reducer. Her doctor was off today and the dr. I spoke was very unclear. When I asked her what if her temp is low again tonight what should I do, she replied " don't take her temperature at night" so any thoughts if her temp is low again tonight?
I wouldn't worry about the temp being a little low. If you've given her a fever reducer, then it's done its job. Also, I believe a person's temp naturally changes depending on the time of day. My temp is always higher in the middle of the night, lower first thing in the morning, a fraction higher if I exercise.
If you're worried though, call her doctor and see what they say.
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