Putting the fever in perspective
A LOW GRADE FEVER is a rectal reading
between 38°C (100.4°F) and 39°C
(102°F). This is the normal body reaction
to fighting infection.
A MODERATE GRADE FEVER is a rectal
reading between 39°C (102°F) and 40°C
(104°F). If their temperature is in this
range, you should give your child
medication to bring the temperature down
to low grade.
A HIGH FEVER is a rectal reading over
41°C (106°F). At this point, you should
give your child medication to bring down
the fever and see your doctor. Fevers are
only harmful if they are above 42.3°C
Children under 2 months with a rectal
temperature over 38°C (100.4°F) should
see a doctor.
Keep in mind:
The degree of a fever does not tell you how sick your child is. A child with a mild infection can have a high fever,
while a child with a severe infection might have no fever at all. A better sign is how your child is acting.
Birth to 2 years
Temperature-taking: recommended techniques and normal temperatures
What is a normal temperature?
Normal temperature range