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Low body temp

01/30/2009

Question:

MY SON IS 11 YEARS OF AGE. HIS FOREHEAD FEELS WARM TO THE TOUCH. I TOOK HIS TEMPERATURE AND IT READ 96.8. SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?

Answer:

Temperature is a measure of body condition as well as the accuracy of the thermometer.  It is possible that his temperature was absolutely normal, but if you are concerned, please seek additional advice from a health care provider you trust.

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Response by:

Michael Spigarelli, MD, PhD
Formerly, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati