The ‘average’ person’s body temperature is 37°C. But it is important to remember individual’s internal temperature can vary. Different factors can have an effect on your average body temperature such as age, time of day, gender and activity level. The ability to regulate your internal temperature also changes with age. Keep reading to find out the different average temperatures for babies, children, adults and older adults.
A high temperature is the most obvious sign of a fever. A fever can be accompanied by other symptoms, including:
- Feeling cold and shivering
- Sweating, hot or flushed skin
- Skin is unusually hot to touch
- Loss of appetite and not drinking
- Fatigue, tiredness and weakness
- Increased heart rate
A fever can be unpleasant and leave you feeling unwell. But normally fevers are not dangerous and can usually be treated at home with plenty of rest and fluids. However, you should call your Doctor if:
A child under 3 months has a temperature over 38°C or is 3-6 months old and has a temperature over 39°C.
- A high temperature is accompanied by other symptoms, such as a rash, stiff neck, chest pain or vomiting
- Symptoms have lasted more than five days
- There are signs of dehydration
- The person is not eating or drinking
- The person doesn’t seem their usual self
- The person is not improving with medication
If you are concerned about a fever you should contact your GP, or call NHS 111 where further advice can be given.
Visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/fever-in-children/ for more help and advice.