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Taking your baby's temperature

Does your baby has a fever?

You may need to take your baby’s temperature for the first time now, or you might simply want to note, or print out, this information for future reference.

Here's our guide to taking baby's temperature.

At a glance

  • Clammy skin or flushed cheeks can be a sign of a raised temperature
  • Digital thermometers are a quick and easy way to take your baby's temperature
  • Keep your little one distracted by reading them their favourite book
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What is a high temperature?

Body temperature will vary slightly for each baby.  A normal temperature is generally considered to be around 36.4⁰C (97.4⁰F) and a high temperature is usually considered to be 37.5⁰C or above.

Signs of a raised temperature

Your may notice an increased temperature by touching your baby’s forehead, back or stomach.  Other signs include sweaty or clammy skin, or flushed cheeks.

Digital Thermometers

Digital thermometers are widely available in supermarkets and pharmacies, easy to use and should give you the most accurate reading. Holding your baby comfortably, put the thermometer under their armpit against bare skin, and gently but firmly hold their arm to their body to keep it in place. The instructions on the thermometer will tell you how long to do this for although it’s usually for around 15 seconds.

If your baby has a temperature, and you haven’t already, seek medical advice.  If you are unsure about what medicines are safe, you can read our guide .

At a glance

  • Clammy skin or flushed cheeks can be a sign of a raised temperature
  • Digital thermometers are a quick and easy way to take your baby's temperature
  • Keep your little one distracted by reading them their favourite book
A high temperature is usually considered to be 37.5⁰C or above

Mon 1st Jan 12:00 AM

Taking your baby's temperature