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littleoldme Mon 29-Jun-09 18:23:22

I've got a digital thermometer but can't find the info that went with it. DS feeling V hot tem reads 36.8

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Mon 29-Jun-09 18:27:17

Is he hot and sweaty (heat hot) or fever hot? IIRC, they are about 1 degree out. If you feel his tummy this should tell you, if it's sweaty it's because of the heat, if it's hot then he has a fever. I'm fairly certain someone will argue over this though. Check his breathing rate aswell, a fever will make him breathe faster and his heart beat faster, the hot weather won't do the same.

imaynotbeperfectbutimokmummy Mon 29-Jun-09 18:54:10

Is he poorly? The under arm thermometers are not greatly accurate and tend to under read.
I know what you mean fluffy bunny, there is definately a difference between sweaty hot and temp hot. Although the heat will increase a fever too.

A doctor said to me once that if a child feels hot, that is because they are, they have a fever.

I use a digital ear thermometer, they are the most accuate. Its that or sticking one up the bottom i think.

If you cant lay your hands on another thermometer, go with your instinct. Treat him as if he has a fever. Calpol/calprofen. Cool clothes, etc. If worried, call doctor.

littleoldme Mon 29-Jun-09 22:02:51

Many thanks everyone. He was very hot and not sweaty. I gave him some Calpol, he dranks a whole cup of juice and went back to sleep.

I'm pretty sure it's his teeth. He's 18 months and just cutting his first molar. I think they might all becoming at once.

Thanks again for the advice. I think I'm going to buy and ear thermometer tomorrow.

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