That is, if you’re going by your baby’s rectal temperature (taken in her bottom), according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). A body temperature of 38.5 deg C and above is considered a high fever.
The normal body temperature can range from 36.1 to 37.8 deg C, says Dr Leo Deng Jin, an associate consultant at the department of emergency medicine at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH).
Not only do babies and younger kids have a higher body temperature than adults, it can also vary throughout the day for different reasons, from being over-dressed to the time of the day, experts say.
Even the device and method you use to measure your little one’s temperature can make a difference. For example, a temperature reading taken in the bottom tends to be higher than in the underarm. You may also get slightly higher readings from infrared thermometers compared to electronic ones, Dr Leo says.