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How hot is too hot?

Children’s temperatures go up and down all the time because their bodies haven’t yet worked out how to control how hot they get.

If you’re worried that your child has a fever, you’ll want to take their temperature to check. But what is a ‘normal’ temperature for your little one?

Even though a child’s temperature range can vary widely, any temperature over 37.5°C is classed as a fever.

Taking your child’s temperature

When you’re taking your little one’s temperature, the aim is to find out how warm it is inside their body.

 

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