This depends a little bit on where the temperature is taken. In a child it is best to take the temperature under the arm or in the ear.
Forehead strips are not very accurate.
if you invest in anything for a child, a decent thermometer is vital so do your research.
A normal temperature is between 36.3 and 37.5. Anything over 37.5 is a temperature but it is advised to treat temperatures over 38.
It is important to monitor the temperature when a child is ill and give either paracetamol or ibuprofen to bring it down because the brain of a small child can not regulate their temperature until the hypothalamus is fully developed at the age of around 5.
- If you cannot see where the temperature is coming from,
- The temperature is not coming down
- Your child is particularly floppy
- They are not taking fluids
- They can’t breathe properly
- They have a rash which doesn’t seem to fade when pressed seek advice immediately