- Under three months, the best way to take a temperature is using a rectal thermometer.
- Between three months and three years, you can do a rectal temperature or some people like to do an under-the-arm or axillary temperature.
- After the age of three, Shu suggests children should be able to hold an oral thermometer under their tongue.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I always seem to forget which thermometer to use with my kids. I do have one that goes across the for head, but it doesn't seem to be as accurate as the rectal ones or the under the tongue thermometers. I also have one that goes in the ear, but that doesn't work worth a darn. If you need a reminder about which thermometer to use for which kid-you might want to bookmark this post!
FROM ABC: Taking a child's temperature can be a real challenge for some parents.
does she have a fever? 2 1/2 year-old Ella Engel doesn't feel well, but she doesn't flinch when pediatrician Jennifer Shu takes her temperature. Dr. Shu is using a temporal artery thermometer that is swiped across the girl's forehead. Because children are so active, you want a thermometer that is fast. Shu explains, to get an accurate reading, the type of thermometer needs to match the age of the child.
98-point-6 is considered a normal, average temperature. Shu says it's time to see a doctor if a newborn under the age of three months has a temperature over 100-point-four or a child of any age is running a fever higher than 104 degrees.
Which thermometer do you use?
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