Make sure to use the appropriate method for taking your child's temperature depending on their age (click here to find out Is [It] a Fever and What to Do?).
Oral or Eardrum
Older babies and toddlers may have temperatures between 103° and 105°F.
Your child has a fever if any of the following apply:
The body’s average rectal temperature is 98.6 °F, but it normally fluctuates during the day, tending to rise toward the end of the day. Fever is a symptom, not a disease. Fever is the body’s normal response to infections and plays a role in fighting them.
The usual fevers (100° to 104° F) that all children get are usually not harmful in themselves.
Does your child have a fever? Apply appropriate Fever Care to look after your child.
The staff of Panda Pediatrics, located in Washington, D.C.