A fever is a common symptom of many illnesses and can be an indication that your child’s body is fighting off an infection. There are several ways to tell if your child has a fever:

Temperature measurement: One of the most common and accurate ways to measure a fever is by taking a child’s temperature with a thermometer. You can use an oral, rectal, axillary (underarm), or temporal artery (forehead) thermometer, but it’s important to use the appropriate thermometer for your child’s age. For children under 3 months old, a rectal thermometer is the most accurate, for babies older than 3 months, temporal thermometer is considered as a good alternative.

Touching the forehead: You can also touch your child’s forehead to check for a fever. If the skin feels warm and dry to the touch, your child may have a fever.

Observing symptoms: Other signs of a fever include chills, sweating, flushed cheeks, and feeling warm to the touch. Children with a fever may also feel weak, have a headache, be irritable or have a lack of appetite

Keep in mind that normal body temperature can vary depending on different factors such as the time of the day and activity level, it can also vary with the different types of thermometers used. Typically a fever is considered to be present when the body temperature is higher than 100.4°F (38.0°C) .

It’s important to note that a fever by itself is not dangerous and can be a sign that the body is fighting an infection. However, if your child’s fever is accompanied by other symptoms or is causing discomfort, it’s best to consult a pediatrician for further advice. If the child’s temperature is high or it is accompanied by other symptoms such as trouble breathing, chest pain, severe headache, seizures, rash, neck stiffness or difficulty waking up, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.

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