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Does temperature depend on age?

Answered by Dr Ellie Cannon
8th September 2015
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In general, a temperature higher than 37.5°C (99.5°F) is considered a fever.

However especially in babies, the threshold where you shall consider contacting a healthcare professional (GP or nurse) vary slightly.

  • If your baby is under 3 months, then you shall contact a healthcare professional if his/her temperature is 38°C (101°F) or higher. 
  • However if your baby is between 3 to 6 months, the threshold is slightly higher and you shall consider contacting a healthcare professional if his/her temperature is 39°C (102°F) or higher.

A person’s temperature can also depend on the time of day, where on the body the temperature was taken and what activities they were recently doing.

 

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