Last month Sunbeam had his first ear infection. (He almost made it to three-years without ever having one.) So I scooted him off to the doctor’s office where he was subscribed amoxicillin. However ever since then he just seems warm to the touch. This occurs about every two days, and when I take his temperature it will register around 99.1-99.5 degrees.
Yesterday was Firecracker’s turn for a doctor’s visit. Unfortunately for him he only made it nine months before his first ear infection. While we were there I had the doctor check out Sunbeam — only to be told that he hasn’t had a low-grade fever at all — not unless it reaches 100.4. (99.4 if taken under the arm).
My knowledge of low-grade fevers has been shattered. I always thought a low-grade fever kicked in at 99 degrees. Now I am even more confused when I search the internet.
A child has a fever when their temperature is at or above one of these levels:
- 100.4 °F (38 °C) measured in the bottom (rectally)
- 99.5 °F(37.5 °C) measured in their mouth (orally)
- 99 °F (37.2 °C) measured under their arm (axillary)
An adult probably has a fever when their temperature is above 99 – 99.5 °F (37.2 – 37.5 °C), depending on what time of the day it is.
Obviously this new mother is still learning the ropes of motherhood. However I’m curious to know what advice your pediatrician has given you?