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How to tell when kids are running a fever without a thermometer?

Alright I know this sounds very silly because to seem this may seem obvious but: how can you tell when your child has a fever without a thermometer? I have 5 kids and feeling heads just doesn't do it for me! They feel warm with/without a fever! Should I compare with a well kid? Just wondering since so many people can tell!


Asked by eliza738 at 8:32 PM on Jan. 17, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • There is no way. I've had kids that felt like they were burning up, but their temp read normal or only maybe a degree higher than, and I've had kids who felt clammy & cold but had a 102 temp (I have 4 kids, have taken many many temps). Anything other than a thermometer just isn't accurate. I could hand you scads more info on it, I have an incredible doctor who takes time to explain things - a few months ago he talked about temps for half an hour - it was really nice!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:58 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • I kiss them on the forehead or back of the neck. It's not totally accurate, but works in a pinch. But really, if your child isn't hot enough that you can tell, it's not something you really need to worry about unless they start having other obvious symptoms like being lethargic.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:34 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • I was told by a mom a while back that you can tell by their back..grant it they havent been playing hard or something like that...dont know how much truth is in it though

    Answer by ReneeLRS at 8:35 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • I could always tell with my daughter by feeling her torso- it's a better indicator than her head.

    Answer by evasmom178 at 8:35 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • I kiss foreheads. Lips are a better indicator of temp than hands, kinda like how you use your wrist to make sure bath water isn't too hot instead of using your fingers or palm.

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 8:42 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • feel their back - and when in doubt use a thermomiter

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 10:03 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • Use your forearm to test not your hand.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:40 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • I use my lips on his forehead.... if he feels warm to my lips then he has a fever.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 11:52 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • use your wrist, just like bathwater. but if their playing hard more than likely, they don't have a tmp. worth worrying over.

    Answer by tronda at 3:47 AM on Jan. 18, 2010

  • with babies, their whole body gets hot, if it is just the forehead, then don't worry.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 9:12 AM on Jan. 18, 2010