My nine month old has a temp of 38.1 C (100.58F).

I hear kids run a little hotter than adults. should I be worried?

asked 21 Dec '09, 16:25

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Her temperature has since gone down, so this is not an immediate concern, but answers still appreciated for future reference (both mine and others).

(21 Dec '09, 17:28) Ron Tuffin

ok, great (that it's not immediate concern!)

(21 Dec '09, 17:50) JJJ

+1 good question

(21 Dec '09, 18:08) Emi

According to the information given by the UK National Health Service on this page, a temperature over 38C is considered a fever in children, but can be treated at home using infant paracetamol. However, if the child seems

unusually sleepy, won't take fluids or has other worrying symptoms, such as an unusual rash, headache, neck stiffness or difficulty breathing

then it could be serious and you see your doctor or take the child to hospital immediately.

Also, from that site:

Febrile convulsions can occur in children between 6 months and 6 years if the temperature goes over 39C, and medical advice should be sought. If the fit continues for more than 4-5 minutes you should call an ambulance.


answered 21 Dec '09, 20:22

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One thing we found with ours was that if they were too hot, then giving them medicine just made them sick. This varied for each child but was around 38.5. We found it better to cool them down by removing clothing, using a fan and maybe a cold flannel then give them paracetamol.


answered 21 Dec '09, 17:09

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edited 22 Dec '09, 18:13

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Our pediatrician said that 38 for a new born is reason to check him into the clinic, for a 9 months old, it isn't as serious as long as it doesn't climb too much more.

You should call your doctor now just to be sure.


answered 21 Dec '09, 17:26

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edited 22 Dec '09, 18:12

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You may find the answers to this similar question helpful.


answered 21 Dec '09, 18:14

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When should I call the doctor?

If your child has any of the warning signs listed in the box below, call your family doctor right away. If your child is:

Younger than 3 months of age, call your doctor right away if your baby's rectal temperature is 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. Call your doctor even if your child doesn't seem sick. Babies this young can get very sick quickly.

Three months of age to 6 months of age, call your doctor if your baby has a temperature of 101°F (38.3°C) or higher, even if your baby doesn't seem sick.

Six months of age and older and has a fever of 102°F (38.8°C) to 102.9°F (39.4°C), watch how he or she acts. Call your doctor if the fever rises or lasts for more than 2 days.

Six months of age and older and has a fever of 103°F (39.4°C) or higher, call your doctor even if your child seems to feel fine.

Call your doctor if your baby or child has any of these warning signs

  • Constant vomiting or diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Earache or pulling at ears
  • Fever comes and goes over several days
  • High-pitched crying
  • Irritability
  • No appetite
  • Pale appearance
  • Seizures
  • Severe headache
  • Skin rash
  • Sore or swollen joints
  • Sore throat
  • Stiff neck
  • Stomach pain
  • Swelling of the soft spot on an infant’s head
  • Unresponsiveness or limpness
  • Wheezing or problems breathing
  • Whimpering

answered 22 Dec '09, 17:32

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