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Kätzchen 02-27-2013 08:50 PM

Would you consider a 99.4 temp to be normal?

I ask because of the long fever episode with my 19mo daughter. We were admitted with a diagnosis of FUO (fever of unknown origin), and told it was most likely from a labial agglutination, despite three clean urinalysis. Her c-reactive levels were very high(14.2), but reduced greatly with IV antibiotics, still no proper diagnosis.
(She ran a fever of 100.9-103.9 for eleven days straight)

Now that we are home, I notice that in one ear her temp is always 99.4, and the other is either 99.4 or 98.9, her temp has been this way for over a week.

My nerves are such a mess from this whole ordeal. I just wish I could stop worrying. :(

sandrc 02-27-2013 09:06 PM

Ear temps are different just like underarm temps oral and rectal temps. I think oral and rectal are supposed to be the most accurate.

Personally I do not call 99 a fever. I don't think it's a fever until its over 100 and don't treat until its been over 101 for a while.

EmilytheStrange 02-27-2013 09:33 PM

I don't usually consider 99 a fever. But I'd monitor her if she's acting odd.

HeatherlovesCDs 02-27-2013 10:09 PM

Re: Temperature question
I'll be the dissenter and say it depends on what her normal temp is. My children and I always run around 97.6/8 orally if our temp isn't elevated. So, if it's up to over 99, I consider it to be slightly elevated and assume they are fighting something. As an adult, which I know we are different, if mine goes up to over 99, I can feel it immediately and I feel rotten. I don't consider it a high fever, but it is above normal for us which typically means we are fighting something.

That said, a temp taken by ear is generally a little higher than oral. So, it sounds normal to me. :) You can google the normal temp when taking it by ear.

ETA - I'm very glad she is better. I would be paranoid too. :hugs:

Kätzchen 02-28-2013 09:41 AM

I'm going to pick up a good rectal thermometer today.

abunchoflemons 02-28-2013 09:49 AM

Re: Temperature question
is she acting like herself? depends on what she normally is temp wise. some I think area a bit warmer than others normally so that might be ok for some others it it's a temp.

Hungry Caterpillar 02-28-2013 02:25 PM

Re: Temperature question
I was just looking this up for my toddler who is sick.

Oral normal temp is 98.6
Rectal normal temp is 99.1
Ear normal temp is between 99.1 and 99.6

Rectal is supposed to be most reliable

Kätzchen 02-28-2013 02:46 PM


Originally Posted by abunchoflemons
is she acting like herself? depends on what she normally is temp wise. some I think area a bit warmer than others normally so that might be ok for some others it it's a temp.

She's acting pretty normal, but then again, she's always pretty active, even when not at her best. She was playing around late last night and had some water before bed (for the first time [before bed]) and threw up at 03:00, which was hopefully just coincidental. Today she's playful and well appearing.

I did buy a rectal thermometer, just haven't been able to use it yet.

Hungry Caterpillar 02-28-2013 03:28 PM

Re: Temperature question
My son's pediatrician just said to:

do rectal temps whenever you can at a diaper change
write down all vomiting, diarrhea, and pees (and at what time)
write down all ounces drank during the day (and at what time)

This way, if his temp keeps going up and up and we need to take him in, we have a record of what's been going on all day with input and output.

Just sharing what I just learned :)

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