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Old 12-20-2007, 03:43 PM   #1
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Her temp is 95.7...is that normal?
My daughter Emily has had a bug for a couple of days. First she was puking, she was fine for most of yesterday and then she puked last night and early this morning. Today she has had diarehhea (sic?) and her temp is at 95 degrees? I know what to do when they have a high fever but for it to be low stumps me.

I know there is a great wealth of knowledge here and the nurse at her Dr.'s will get back to me maybe today so I thought I would check with all of you great people. Anyone have any info for me?

Thanks so much!
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:46 PM   #2
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How did you take her temp? Oral or ear temps are pretty variable, so I wouldn't worry about that.

If you took it rectally and it's still 95, it might be worth mentioning to the doc.
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:48 PM   #3
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Some people have lower than 98.6 temps naturally. A fungal infection can cause lower temps rather than the higher ones seen as the norm in viral or bacterial infections. Check with the nurse or doc to make sure.
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:12 PM   #4
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My daughter had the same thing when she was almost 2 (last year). She typically runs a little lower, but even rectally she was 95 degrees. I called the dr and took her in, they took a urine sample too--all was fine. I just have to keep her a little extra bundled all the time. So she was fine, but call the doctor so they can check. Hot chocolate fixes soooo much! Good luck!
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:24 PM   #5
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I took it with a ear thermometer, first 95.5 then 95.7. She said she was sleepy but I think it was because she had a "accident" and had to change her undies again. Right now she is eating some applesauce, dry cheerios and water. I just want all of this to be over with!!
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:37 PM   #6
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Does she have an ear infection? I think I remember reading that ear thermometers won't work correctly if there is an infection there.

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Old 12-20-2007, 04:42 PM   #7
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Without a baseline it's hard to say - but I know *I* normally run 96 to 96.5

If I register a 98.6 temp I'm running a fever!
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:42 PM   #8
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What does her temp run when she is well? Oddly, most people don't take their temperature when they are well (I mean what's the point?) I normally always run low like 96F It means that I generally feel cold in the winter and warmer than most people in the summer. If my temperature gets up to 99F I know I'm running a real fever.

She probably is just tired from her body being so out of whack. Hopefully she will be up and her old self soon. And when she is well, take her temp as a baseline.
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98.6 is just an average- the body changes temperature to try to get rid of infections. Our pediatrician said the temperature can go lower or higher- it is the difference from her "normal" that is important.

personally, my temp goes pretty low when I'm really sick. I rarely, if ever, have a fever over 101. but 95? yup.

ear thermometers can be +/- 2 degrees in accuracy. they can be worse if you don't have it quite right in the ear canal, or the kid has just been outside, or has just been sleeping on that ear, or has an ear infection..... I take the ear temperature twice in each ear to try to get a more accurate picture.

trust your instincts- if you think she's sicker than she was and your mom spidey-sense is tingly- call the pediatrician. if you think she's getting better, wait an hour, and check it again.....

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A low grade fever should be ok, it is just her body workign to fight off the virus. Keep an eye on it to be sure it doesn't spike too high, but the fever is helping her out even if it feels crappy.

If you aren't sure you can always call the doc and get their oppinion.

Good luck with this. I was reading your other post and you certainly have had a rough couple weeks. I hope it's over soon.
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