My daughter (25 months) woke up crying tonight, which is not unusual. When I picked her up, she was shivering. I rocked with her for a minute and she continued to shiver. I took her temp ~ axially (armpit) it is 94.7. Rectally it is 96.7. So it seems that her actual temp is 95.7. Her normal temp is about 97.6-98.0. She is wearing a fleece sleeper and was covered with a blanket, and her room is cool but not cold (house is at 70). Her cheeks are flushed but other than that and the shivering (which has stopped) she is acting normally.

Any thoughts? Do I need to call my pediatrician?

asked 22 Nov '09, 05:01

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edited 22 Nov '09, 14:12

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My 2yr olds temperature has dropped to 34'C a few times when unwell I have taken him to be checked out and it puzzled the doctors. They did blood tests but they came back clear. They concluded it was a virus.

(17 Feb '12, 01:57) Phil Seller

Definitely sounds like you need to see a doctor - I expect you have done so already. I found this from yahoo's health pages:

An abnormally low body temperature (hypothermia) can be serious, even life-threatening. 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. An overwhelming infection, such as sepsis, may also cause an abnormally low body temperature.


answered 22 Nov '09, 19:45

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I have honestly never come across this. I think whenever you are concerned it is always a good idea to call and ask your doctor.


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+1 for clear advice. I would definately call the pediatrician. It could be just that she felt cold, but I would feel better discussing it with a doctor.

(22 Nov '09, 20:03) Emi

The sheet our NICU sent us home with says normal rectal temp is from 98.6-99.6, and normal axillary temp is 97.6-98.6. I would definitely call the pediatrician.


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My daughter had that happen as well. She was 11 months old and I called the pharmasist and they said to bundle her up and give her something warm to eat/drink. I did that and the next day she was admitted into Texas Childrens's Hospital for 3 days. She woke up with a 104.7 fever and then it dropped to 92.1 in 14 hours. All her tests came back just fine and they said she had a strange virus. Other than the side affects of hypothermia, she had a viral rash, but was totally normal when her temperature was normal. After that scare, any time her temp drops below 95, I take her in because you never know.


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@K Anderson thank you for sharing your experience. I think this is something that many parents, including myself, don't think about.

(30 Jul '10, 18:08) Tammy ♦♦

my daughter, 19 months, just had a fever for three days. I took her in to the pediatrician on the 4th day even though she only reached 103.2 F....most of the time it was in the 102 F. range. However because it was 3 days it was really bothering me. DR. said she seemed to be fine though she showed a blister or sore in her mouth and DR. told me it was a viral infection and she will get better on her own. I took her temp later that day after seeing the DR. and it had dropped to 95.6 F. taken from armpit. Now it is the second day of her low body temp. The lowest so far is 94.1 F. taken from the armpit. Armpit readings also tend to be 1 degree lower than the actual body temp. This however is bothering me. If she is not normal tomorrow I am definitely calling her DR.....The home treatment I am giving her are a cozy warm house(72 F.) and her in decently warm clothes and blankets not to overheat her. Also warm beverages and soups.


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