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Baby Temperature Armpit Reading

A higher than normal thermometer reading can be a sign of a fever.

Baby temperature armpit reading. If that reading is over 99 degrees fahrenheit take her rectal temperature for a more precise and accurate result. A rectal thermometer may accidentally poke a hole in perforate the rectum. This is called axillary measurement. Temperature taken under the arm usually is considered to be less accurate than most other body locations for measuring temperature.

Rectal or ear readings. Products for taking temporal artery temperature sweeping thermometer across your childs forehead at home are not accurate or reliable enough. It may be used as a first way of checking to see if a. For infants and toddlers be sure to use a rectal thermometer correctly.

Your child has a fever if he or she. If you dont get a snug fit the reading you get will probably be too low. Its even a suitable way to read body temperature for little ones less than one month old. This measurement also known as axillary temperature tends to be about half a degree to a degree below oral temperature 1.

When taking an axillary underarm temperature make sure that the probe is securely touching skin not clothing and that you add 1 degree fahrenheit to the reading. The babys skin should completely surround the thermometer. Ear oral and rectal temperatures are considered the most accurate readings of actual body temperature. Its made of unbreakable plastic is easy to read and measures temperature quickly.

Sometimes babies and young children have higher body temperature ranges than adults for armpit and ear measurements. If your baby protests you might want to take her underarm axillary temperature first. Make sure that your babys clothing doesnt get between the thermometer and the skin. Has a rectal ear or temporal artery temperature of 1004 f 38 c or higher has an oral temperature of 100 f 378 c or higher has an armpit temperature of 99 f 372 c or higher.

To take an accurate axillary temperature the thermometer point must fit snugly into your babys armpit. Underarm axillary and forehead temperatures are considered to be the least accurate. A normal body temperature for infants aged 02 years ranges from 97910040f. Among babies children and adults the following thermometer readings are generally a sign of a fever.

A digital thermometer can be used for both rectal and oral temperature taking. Rinse with cool water. To prepare the thermometer clean the end with rubbing alcohol or a little soap and warm water.