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My 2.5 year old son is having persistent low temps on a

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Hi, my 2.5 year old son is having persistent low temps on a night. It is unrecordable on my thermometer (ear) which means it is less than 33. He sometimes has night sweats too. He is not ill with a cold or virus. Is this normal?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 1 year ago.

Greetings,

Thank you for your question.

I am Dr. Su S. and I will try my best to help you.

Since when it is going on?

When was he examined by doctor?

How was his temperature in doctor's office?

Did he have any test?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He was examined several months ago by the doctor, his temp was normal at that time. It tends to be low on a night time. This has been ongoing for several months.
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the input.

Temperature below 35 degrees Celsius is called hypothermia & is considered an emergency.

I feel the recording is not correct.

The thermometer can be faulty.

Ear thermometer is fast and easy to use.

However, it needs to be placed in the ear properly.

Ear wax may interfere with the reading.

You can try to record with another thermometer or get it checked by doctor.

Sometimes low temperature can be present in case of hypothyroidism, infection.

But as he does not have any other symptom, those are unlikely.

Babies sweat much more than adult.

Low temperature can be due to sweating.

I hope this information will be helpful.

If you have any query, please feel free to ask.

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Wish his healthy life.

Regards.