“Normal” body temperatures can fluctuate
Body temperature fluctuates for everyone throughout the day, including children. Body temperature can also be influenced by activity level and other factors. That means it’s perfectly normal for your child’s temperature to vary from day to day. Remember, you should only start to worry about a fever is it’s 100.4˚ F or higher.
Here are some helpful reminders for when you shouldn’t worry about your child’s fever:
- If it lasts less than five days and if your child’s behavior is relatively normal. There’s nothing to worry about as long as your child continues to be playful and is eating and drinking normally. You may note that your child does seem to be more tired than usual.
- A low-grade fever (less than 100˚ F) after recent immunizations. Low-grade fevers are fairly common and are considered normal if they don’t persist longer than 48 hours.