A temperature below 97 F is considered too low for babies. Older adults can also struggle to keep their body temperature in a normal range if they’re somewhere with intense air conditioning or there’s not enough heat. For both the elderly and young children, a below-normal body temperature can be a sign they’re sick.
When is a child’s temperature too low?
The normal temperature of a child is generally between 97.7°F (36.5°C) and 99.5°F (37.5°C) when measured with an oral thermometer. If the temperature drops below 97.7°F (36.5°C), the condition is known as “hypothermia” (low body temperature).
Should I be concerned if my child temperature is low?
If a low body temperature is your child’s only symptom, it is not something to worry about. If a low body temperature occurs with other symptoms, such as chills, shaking, breathing problems, or confusion, then this may be a sign of more serious illness.
What can cause low body temperature in a child?
Low body temperature may occur from cold exposure, shock, alcohol or drug use, or certain metabolic disorders, such as diabetes or hypothyroidism. A low body temperature may also be present with an infection, particularly in newborns, older adults, or people who are frail.
Can a low temperature mean you are sick?
Low body temperature and illness. Certain illnesses, or incorrect temperature readings, could factor into why your thermometer reads 96°F (35.55°C), but you feel sick. Low body temperature could also be a symptom of a serious illness like hypothermia or sepsis, but you’d likely have severe symptoms.
How do you treat low temperature?
Lay the person on a warm surface (blanket or bed) Provide warm, sweet liquids (avoid coffee, alcohol) Use warm, dry compress (only on the neck, chest wall, or groin and not on the arms or legs) Do not apply direct heat (no hot water or placing a hot-water bag on the person’s body)
Why would a newborns temp be low?
The most common reason for low body temperature is that babies, especially newborns, cannot regulate their body temperature as well as older children and adults. So exposure to even slightly low temperatures is more likely to cause a low body temperature in a newborn.
Is low body temperature bad?
When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs can’t work normally. Left untreated, hypothermia can lead to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and eventually to death. Hypothermia is often caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in cold water.
What is a normal temperature for a 9 year old?
The average normal body temperature taken orally is about 37°C (98.6°F). It usually rises during the day from a low of 36.5°C (97.7°F) in the morning to a high of 37.5°C (99.5°F) in the late afternoon. Each child has a normal temperature range that may be different from another child’s.
What temp should I take child to hospital?
If his or her temperature is above 100.4 degrees, it is time to call us. For children ages three months to three years, call us if there is a fever of 102 degrees or higher. For all kids three years and older, a fever of 103 degrees or higher means it is time to call Pediatrics East.
Why is my temperature always low?
Why is my body temperature low? Studies show that core body temperature decreases with age. Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, can also slow down metabolism, which can lead to a drop in body temperature. If your core body temperature dips down to 95 F (35 C) or lower, that’s considered hypothermia.
When should you worry about a temperature in a child?
Call your doctor if you have an: infant younger than 3 months old with a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. older child with a temperature of higher than 102.2°F (39°C)