What is the minimum and maximum body temperature?

The average normal body temperature is generally accepted as 98.6°F (37°C). Few research studies have shown that the ‘normal’ body temperature can have a wide range, from 97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C).

Variations of body temperature as per age

The body temperature of a human being varies as to age. Listed below are average body temperatures based on age:

  • Babies and children: In babies and children, the average body temperature varies from 97.9°F (36.6°C) to 99°F (37.2°C).
  • Adults: Among adults, the average body temperature varies from 97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C).
  • Senior citizens (Adults over age 65): In older adults, the average body temperature is lower than 98.6°F (37°C).

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