Infant Armpit Temperature Fever
Should i treat a fever.
Infant armpit temperature fever. Your child has a fever if he or she. An armpit axillary temperature is typically 050f 030c to 10f 060c less than an oral temperature. 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. Abnormal infant body temperature any body temperature outside of the ranges noted is considered abnormal.
When you or your child is sick the main goal is to relieve discomfort and promote rest. The armpit axillary method is usually used to check for fever in newborns and young children but its not as accurate as a rectal temperature. An axillary temperature will normally be lower than a rectal temperature. Overheating is another relatively common cause of fever in babies.
Treating a fever neither shortens nor particularly prolongs the course of an illness. 37 c is 986f and these are normal temperatures. Its also commonly used to check temperature in infants to 5 year olds because its. Use a rectal or oral thermometer.
A systematic review published in april 2000 in bmj found that there was wide variation between axillary and rectal temperatures. Children with relatively high fevers may not look or act particularly sick. Underarm temperature is considered the safest way to check the body temperature of children under 3 months old. A babys normal temperature can range from about 97 to 1003 degrees fahrenheit.
Armpit temperature of 99 f 372 c or higher. Treating fever in a child. A common definition for fever using the rectal method is 1004 f while for the axillary method its 993 f. When to call your doctor.
If an axillary temperature does not show a fever but your child feels warm and seems unwell take a rectal measurement. Not all infections produce fever and without knowing how well the armpit temperature was recorded he.