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Temp 34.1

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Clare123 Wed 24-Nov-10 20:11:09

My DS is 3 yrs old and has the flu, he has had a temp of around 38 all day, going down to 37 with calpol. I have just took it again (he is a sleep) and it was
34.1. What do you make of that?

QuintessentialShadows Wed 24-Nov-10 20:12:28

how much calpol did you give?

GregoryPeck Wed 24-Nov-10 20:15:18

34.1 sounds unlikely if he is in a warm house, are you sure the thermometer was positioned correctly?

Is it one of the tympanics (ear ones), as these can register low if at the wrong angle therefore the sensor isnt close enough to the tympanic membrane.

Try pulling the top of the ear up as you put the probe in, it helps to get the correct angle.

BelleDeChocChipCookieMonster Wed 24-Nov-10 20:16:37

He'd be unconscious with this temp as it's below hyperthermic. I'd check the batteries in the thermometer.

BelleDeChocChipCookieMonster Wed 24-Nov-10 20:17:47

hypothermic I mean. Doh!

QuintessentialShadows Wed 24-Nov-10 20:20:08

No, not necessarily. My son has gone down that low. But then his fever was back with a vengeance shortly after.

My son used to have a night time body temp of 34.4 regularly when he was younger.

MmeLindt Wed 24-Nov-10 20:22:29

Tbh, I would not normally give Calpol for a temperature of 38°. Unless he is really suffering.

Check that batteries in your thermometer and try again.

Clare123 Wed 24-Nov-10 20:31:22

Right new batteries, my temp is 36.8, on my ds one ear it is 34.2 on the other ear 34.8. What should I do?

Clare123 Wed 24-Nov-10 20:32:44

No calpol since 3pm and that's because he said his head hurt and he did feel really hot.

MmeLindt Wed 24-Nov-10 20:46:37

Do you know what his normal temperature is?

(Not that I would know what my DCs is, but it might be that he generally has a lower temp).

Have a look here for information about temperatures in children. - It is very good for helping to judge when to seek medical help.

How has he been otherwise today? If you are worried, then call NHS24 or your out of hours service.

dikkertjedap Wed 24-Nov-10 20:57:53

Hi, my dd has this problem after she has had a virus. The paediatrician has told us several times, that in response to a virus the body can overheat or undercool and that it is quite common (apparently especially in younger children, my dd is now 4.5 but has this since birth) that they undercool. He told us that once below 36 degrees celsius we have to give her some food to warm her up (chocolate, crisps, anything she takes and quickly absorbs), luke warm chamomile tea/milk/etc, and warm her up with our own bodyheat (taking in our arms, blanket over her), to give her the food/drink we sit her up but sometimes she is in kind of trance like state. For us it has been very frightening, as she on occasions has become confused, shaking. Our Paed stresses key is too warm her up and not to ignore it! We use Braun ear thermometer (we have two and had it compared with paed and know that ours work fine). Anyway, not sure if this is any help with you. Also, calpol can lower fever, but it is not that if you don't have fever and take calpol you undercool, that is not how it works! Hope goes better soon.

herbietea Wed 24-Nov-10 21:09:00

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pooka Wed 24-Nov-10 21:13:35

I'm a bit worried now - ds2 has always been cooler than my older 2. They have normal temps of 36.4 ish. He has never really been above 36 as far as I am aware (and I do take temp readings quite often). In fact, on the night he was born, the midwife wouldn't leave (born at home) until he was warming up because he was a bit chilly. Ended up wrapped up in multiple layers, a blanket and under the duvet with me.

I have tried the calpol digital ear thermometer and the braun thermoscan one, and the readings are pretty similar.

USoRight Wed 24-Nov-10 21:17:01

Sometimes if a child has a high temp and given calpol after an hour or so they sweat profusely and the sweat cools the skin. If you have done the appropriate thing and removed clothing/bedding the child can actually get a bit hypothermic. In itself the temperature is not the worrying thing its how the child is. Drowsy, confused, after proper waking would be very worrying. Feeling cool to the touch? If warming doesnt work fairly rapidly as dikker advises I would get immediate help, as children who are very very ill will go hypothermic in the extremeties but very hot in their 'core'.

I would def wake DS to assess him for confusion and keep a very sharp eye on him.

dikkertjedap Wed 24-Nov-10 21:22:42

Can you give him some food and take temp about 30 mins later to see if it increases (quickly absorbed food, chocolate ideally and maybe luke warm drink)? Problem with my dd is that she tends to get cold sweats after a virus, so bed is absolutely drenched, pyjama soaking wet (I change her pyjamas and bedding sometimes five times in a night, when we go through such a period) and her hair tends to be wet as well (dry with towels). But after chocolate, crisps (got some salt, as they lose salt with sweats), her temperature tends to increase quite quickly to more normal. However, she might have another spell like that a few hours later (I find it very stressful and exhausting, but we have had this since her birth). GP thought that it is kind of diabetes, but paed is adamant that it is in response to a virus and that it happens much more than people think but that a lot of people don't even realise because according to him they only check temp when child feels hot ... Does your son gets confused/crying/listless when he is cold?

herbietea Wed 24-Nov-10 21:26:15

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SatinShoes Wed 24-Nov-10 21:45:34

Enlightening thread. My DD often gets very very cool when ill and I have often worried. Now I know it's not unusual

pooka Wed 24-Nov-10 21:46:54

That's happened with ds2 in the past - I know he has a fever - is hot to the touch and flushed. Temp of 36.4!

Unprune Wed 24-Nov-10 21:54:51

This is interesting. I am really often cooler than other people - I really feel the cold, too. One summer evening I was so cold I couldn't activate a heat-sensitive puzzle - DH was agog.

Hope your ds is feeling better.

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