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Taking Baby Temperature Armpit

Use a digital thermometer to take a rectal or armpit temperature or use an ear tympanic or forehead tympanic thermometer.

Taking baby temperature armpit. Turn on the digital. The rules for taking a babys armpit temperature choosing the correct thermometer. Turn on the digital thermometer and lubricate the tip of the thermometer with petroleum jelly. For babies and children under five years of age taking a rectal temperature is most accurate.

A normal temperature for your baby ranges from 976 f to 1003 f. As an alternative for people of any age you may take an axillary armpit temperature but this method is not as accurate as the others and should not be relied upon if youre worried the person has a fever. To take an axillary temperature use a digital thermometer. All you need is a regular multi use digital thermometer.

Either an oral or rectal. For older children and adults taking an oral temperature is perfectly fine. Feel sweaty or clammy. How to take your babys temperature when taking their temperature orally make sure its not been within 30 minutes of the child eating or drinking hot or cold food says dr donald macgregor a consultant paediatrician senior lecturer in child health and spokesperson for the royal college of paediatrics and child health.

If you think your baby has a high temperature its best to check their temperature with a thermometer. Some doctors recommend taking a childs temperature in his armpit which is called the axillary temperature. How its done rectal temperature. A high temperature or fever is usually considered to be a temperature of 38c or above.

Take a childs underarm temperature the same way youd take your own. How do you take babys temperature. Bear in mind that an external armpit reading can be as much as 2 degrees lower than an internal rectal reading. Feel hotter than usual to touch on their forehead back or stomach.

This gives you the axillary temperature. You can take your babys temperature by placing a thermometer in your babys armpit. Your baby may have a high temperature if they. You only need to take your babys temperature when you think she has a fever or is ill.

How to take an armpit temperature. Your babys health care provider may ask you to take a rectal. Turn on the digital thermometer. Use a digital thermometer orally if your little one can hold it still digital armpit ear or forehead thermometer.

Hold the thermometer to keep it in place and make sure they dont move around while the thermometer is underneath their.