According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, normal baby temperature ranges from 97-100.3 degrees Fahrenheit. To qualify as fever, your baby’s temperature must register 100.4 degrees, or higher, on a rectal thermometer. So, that’s the “technical” definition of a fever. In terms of “what is a normal baby temperature?”
According to two distinguished pediatricians the NUMBERS DON'T MATTER when it comes to a fever: "There is no 'number' on a thermometer that requires a trip to the Emergency Department. Nope, not even 104F degrees. With very specific exceptions, kids do not have to maintain a “normal” temperature during times of illness." ~ Natasha Bergert, MD Here's what to watch for instead of the numbers and how to bring a fever down naturally when needed.
This picture is from an article called "The Rescuing Hug". The article details the first week of life of a set of twins. Each were in their respective incubators and one was not expected to live. A hospital nurse fought against the hospital rules and placed the babies in one incubator. When they were placed together, the healthier of the two threw an arm over her sister in an endearing embrace. The smaller baby's heart stabilized and temperature rose to normal.
Wondering if your temps are normal? Before you ovulate (follicular phase), temps are usually 97-97.8°F. After ovulation, they usually jump up to 98-98.8°F. If your follicular temps are consistently below 97° or even in the very low 97's, sometimes this can indicate thyroid issues. After ovulation, the higher the temps the better (generally speaking). Ideally, you'd want to see temps in the 98.3-98.6 range. Lower temps can sometimes indicate low progesterone, sluggish metabolism, thyroid…
Alaska Sees 'Astounding' Rise in Temperature as 'Drill, Baby, Drill' Planned for Arctic. As 2016 is set to be the warmest year on record, Alaskans are seeing an "astounding" rise in temperature. Throughout October, average temperatures in Alaska ran 6.7 degrees above normal.