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Baby Temperature Armpit Reading

Among babies children and adults the following thermometer readings are generally a sign of a fever.

Baby temperature armpit reading. Rinse with cool water. If you dont get a snug fit the reading you get will probably be too low. To prepare the thermometer clean the end with rubbing alcohol or a little soap and warm water. This measurement also known as axillary temperature tends to be about half a degree to a degree below oral temperature 1.

The babys skin should completely surround the thermometer. Your child has a fever if he or she. Underarm axillary and forehead temperatures are considered to be the least accurate. If your baby protests you might want to take her underarm axillary temperature first.

An underarm reading is an easy and non invasive way to take your babys temperature. Temperature taken under the arm usually is considered to be less accurate than most other body locations for measuring temperature. This is called axillary measurement. 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.

This method is accurate and gives a quick reading of the babys internal temperature. It may be used as a first way of checking to see if a. Products for taking temporal artery temperature sweeping thermometer across your childs forehead at home are not accurate or reliable enough. To take an accurate axillary temperature the thermometer point must fit snugly into your babys armpit.

Therefore normal axillary temperature would range between 976. 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. Its even a suitable way to read body temperature for little ones less than one month old. A rectal thermometer may accidentally poke a hole in perforate the rectum.

Ear oral and rectal temperatures are considered the most accurate readings of actual body temperature. Make sure that your babys clothing doesnt get between the thermometer and the skin. Its made of unbreakable plastic is easy to read and measures temperature quickly. A higher than normal thermometer reading can be a sign of a fever.

If that reading is over 99 degrees fahrenheit take her rectal temperature for a more precise and accurate result. Sometimes babies and young children have higher body temperature ranges than adults for armpit and ear measurements. A digital thermometer can be used for both rectal and oral temperature taking.