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Is a Body Temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C Normal

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Is a Body Temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C Normal

Body temperature is very tightly regulated in humans, as various physiological activities require a specific temperature to function properly. The temperature of peripheral tissues, such as skin, mucous membranes, muscles or limbs is variable depending on different factors, including their age, recent physical activity, menstrual cycle, consumption of food and fluids, and even the time of the day.

An abnormal body temperature can be a sign that something is wrong in the body. However, what is considered a dangerous temperature for one person can be completely normal in another. Still, there are ways to find out whether your temperature is normal or not.

Is a body temperature of 35.4ºC, 35.5ºC or 35.6ºC normal? If your temperature ranges between 95.7 to 96ºF, is everything working as it should? Read on this oneHOWTO article and find out.

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Body temperature below 35.6ºC in adults

A body temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C (95.7°F, 95.9°F or 96°F) may seem close to the normal body temperature of 36.4ºC to 37.6ºC (97.5ºF to 99.6ºF), but it is actually considered well below it.

Here are some general categories:

Therefore, a body temperature below 35.6ºC (96ºF) in adults is not considered normal. Our body is able to thermoregulate - that is, to regulate its own temperature - to a tenth of a degree, but fluctuations of even one degree significantly affect bodily functions.

Depending on the circumstances of the adult below 35.6ºC, the low number could be a sign of hypothermia, and should be monitored closely.

Body temperature below 35.6ºC in children

A body temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C (95.7°F, 95.9°F or 96°F) in children is generally not normal and you should immediately seek advice from a doctor. Meanwhile, follow the necessary instructions to warm the body, such as removing wet clothing, covering the person with warm, dry clothes and giving them warm liquids to drink.

The normal body temperature for children is of at least 36ºC (96.8ºF). If your child's temperature is lower than that, especially if it is below 35.6ºC (96ºF), visit your pediatrician. They will know what should be the body temperature of your child in their specific case, as not everyone has the exact same characteristics and requirements.

Here you can learn how to reduce fever in children if the problem is a too high temperature.

Armpit temperature

Armpit temperature is naturally about half a degree lower than oral temperature. An armpit or axillary temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C is a little low and you should take measures to warm up the body, but it is not as worrying.

Some children have constant axillary temperatures below 36°C (96.8°F), which is normal for them. This is known as physiological hypothermia. In this case, their body functions normally despite the lower than average temperature. Consult your pediatrician to ensure this is your child's case.

Oral temperature

An oral temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C (95.7°F, 95.9°F or 96°F) is generally too low and you should warm up the body as soon as possible.

Measuring temperature orally is recommended for all patients except for those who are unconscious or suffering from mental confusion, seizures or conditions affecting the nose, mouth or throat, as well as children under 6 years old. If you're not sure how to measure oral temperature properly take a look at our article how to take oral temperature.

Rectal temperature

A rectal temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C (95.7°F, 95.9°F or 96°F) is concerning and you seek immediate medical assistance or raise the temperature of the body. The result of a rectal measurement tends to be 0.5°C - 0.7°C higher than with oral temperatures, so such a low result is definitely not normal.

Taking the temperature rectally is recommended for babies and patients under 6 years of age.

What factors affect body temperature?

There are various factors that can affect body temperature by a few tenths of a degree, but any body temperature below 35°C is very concerning.

The following are risk factors for hypothermia:

  • Exposure to cold weather without proper clothing.
  • Diabetes.
  • Alcohol or drug intoxication and exposure to cold weather.
  • Very young or very advanced age.
  • Heat acclimatization. After long-term exercising in the heat, the body gets used to the temperature and develops a lower than average base body temperature.
  • Diseases that impact the production of perspiration, such as heart, lung and kidney disorders.
  • Diseases that cause an increase in heat production, such as infections, hyperthyroidism and any conditions that are accompanied by a fever.
  • Use of certain drugs, such as sedatives, amphetamines and antidepressants.
  • Mental disorders and states of acute or chronic alcohol consumption can decrease tolerance of excessive heat.

Is a temperature below 35.6ºC dangerous?

Although a body temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C (95.7°F, 95.9°F or 96°F) is not normal, it isn't necessarily dangerous if you are a healthy adult or child. You should know whether that temperature is normal for you: if the drop has been sudden, you should take it more seriously and call a doctor.

That being said, body temperatures below 35.4 (95.7ºF) are more alarming.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO doe not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis.We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

If you'd like to read similar articles to Is a Body Temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C Normal, we recommend you browse around our Diseases & secondary effects category.

Tips
  • Armpit temperature should be taken by placing a thermometer under the arm for a period of approximately 4 minutes.
  • Visit your doctor and he/she will explain you which body temperature should be appropriate for your body.
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Rebecca Farebrother
My base temperature is usually 97.4 F, so when I have fever symptoms, it usually starts about 99 F. For me, by the time I reach average fever of 101, it feels like 105.
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Dd
No offence, but you really shouldn't be writing medical articles, or giving medical advice, when you aren't a doctor...
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Karen
Hi. Iv been feeling unwell for around 4 wks, the last 12 days have been worse, sore throat, difficulty in swallowing, extremely tiered, pain in my back and legs, headache, flushed cheeks, tummy pain and pains underarm my temp is 37.1 on occasions jump to 37.9, my nurse practitioner said it was just a flu like illness, I'm still suffering nearly a week after seeing her, any ideas at all?? Thanku
Jane Bertin
If you're still in pain and have a fever, it's best to go to the doctor again to make sure.
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E Bellwood
just had surgery for a perinital absess Iwas an emergency one 3 weeks ago and could not remove it all My temperture keeps going to 34.7 to 36.2 am i at risk
OneHowTo Editor
As you have had surgery not long ago, we advise you to visit your GP.
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Kate
My temperature has been 37.1 all through today and i feel hot, temp taken with an oral thermometer under my tongue. Should i worry?
OneHowTo Editor
We advise you to take paracetamol every 8 hours to lower the temperature. We advise you to go to the doctor if the temperature rises further or lasts for more than two days.
Hope this helps
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martin
Hi I have a an ongoing problem with sinusitis and Lupos and have an ongoing battle with fever and low temperature. My temperature can vary day to day from 35.1 to 40 in a 24hr period. Im concerned about damage being caused to my internal organs at high temperature. Drs seem to just ignore my please for help as I am awaiting surgery on my sinuses. Not sure what i should do next
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FOUZIA DOMINGO
My daughter have a temp of 35 she had traumatic brain injuries Her vital signs are 60/20 is this normal.
OneHowTo Editor
You might want to take her to the doctor so he or she can take a closer look at her.
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NASIR MIR
i am 56 old and my temperature is 35.6.
OneHowTo Editor
Don't worry, this temperature is not significant. Unless it goes down further or persists for more than 48h there is no need to visit a doctor. You should do so if this is not the case though.
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Cindy
Hi my body temp is always 35.5 has been for few years. I'm 43yrs and pre-menopausal. I've done acupuncture and nothing changes. I'm doing IVF with doner egg and worried that low body temp will affect this.
OneHowTo Editor
As long as your GP knows about this and has not given you any indications on this condition you should be fine.
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Jo
My daughter had fallen asleep quickly and quite early tonight. After being asleep for around 2 hours she had been woken by having a toilet accident in her sleep. I had gotten her cleaned and dried, cleaned her bedding and while putting fresh bedding on she had fallen asleep again wrapped just in a towel. I had to wake her to get pyjamas on and she had fallen asleep right away again. After another hour I checked her temperature with an in ear thermometer (she woke up again as I was doing this) and it was sat at 35.5 in one ear and 36.0 in the other ear (straight after I was finished taking her temperature she had fallen asleep again) This is unlike her as she usually takes a long time to drift off and doesn't generally have toilet accidents. Could you advise me on what could be going on?
Emily Sakzewski
Hi Jo, as her temperature was around 36 degrees and under, she should see a doctor for a proper diagnosis as this temperature in children is not normal. In the meantime, you can try following these instructions to warm her body: http://health.onehowto.com/article/what-is-hypothermia-and-how-to-treat-it-2799.html

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