April 26, 2011,
H.J. asks from Fairchild AFB, WA on April 25, 2011
N.I. answers from Portland on April 26, 2011
Everyone's temp should be 98.6 or just slightly lower or slightly higher
Have her see a doctor and see if her thyroid is working properly.
H.G. answers from Portland on April 26, 2011
98.6 is a medium temperature, that means an average. My daughter & I run on the cold side at 94. Males usually have a higher body temperature.
M.. answers from Youngstown on April 26, 2011
My toddlers normal temp is usually in the 96's or 97's. She is never 98.6 or higher (unless she is running a fever). My temp is also on the low side. Perfectly normal.
V.W. answers from Jacksonville on April 26, 2011
What is her "normal" body temp? I ask this, because, despite what everyone says/assumes, 98.6 is NOT the "norm" for EVERY one. It is the average, really. My normal temperature (and my son's also) is more like 97.8. Always has been. So if I am running a temp of 99.9 it is actually much more indicative of something wrong than for some people.
I have often tested during the daytime to rule out a fever when my kids say they are feeling bad. If there isn't a fever, it is often in the 96 range.
L.L. answers from Rochester on April 25, 2011
Your body temperature is lowest in the middle of the night, while sleeping. How did you take it? If you took it under her arm, in her ear, or across her forehead, it can be inaccurate on the low side, and you should add a degree...which would make it 97.5, which is ABSOLUTELY normal during sleep, as your body tends to cool a degree in "hibernation."
N.D. answers from Portland on April 26, 2011
personally, when my body temp is low, i know i need to increase my thyroid medication (for hypothyroidism). not sure what the normal toddler temp is tho.