Your Children – Temperature Timeline

  • What's normal and what's not?

    A normal temperature is between 36 and 36.8ºC (96.8 and 98.2ºF). A temperature above this may be a sign of illness. Here’s what to look out for:

    In children, any temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) or above is considered high. A high temperature can be caused by a number of things and usually indicates that your child has an infection of some kind, including common illnesses like a cold or flu. However, a high temperature can also be due to other infections, some of them serious, so it is important to look at other symptoms your child might have at the time. If you have any concerns about your child’s high temperature call a doctor immediately.

    There is a low risk of serious illness if your child:

    • is content and smiling
    • stays awake
    • is taking drinks for you
    • is responding normally to people
  • When to take action

    There is a high risk of serious illness if your child:

    o    cannot be woken up or does not stay awake

    o    has a weak or high-pitched continuous cry

    o    has pale or mottled (blotchy) skin

    o    keeps vomiting

    o    is grunting (if they are a baby) or breathing very fast