Taking Baby Temperature Armpit
Your babys health care provider may ask you to take a rectal.
Taking baby temperature armpit. Feel sweaty or clammy. Either an oral or rectal. To take an axillary temperature use a digital thermometer. You only need to take your babys temperature when you think she has a fever or is ill.
Turn on the digital. How do you take babys temperature. Feel hotter than usual to touch on their forehead back or stomach. 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.
4 years and up. Turn on the digital thermometer. Place the tip of the thermometer under your childs tongue toward the. Take a childs underarm temperature the same way youd take your own.
Your baby may have a high temperature if they. Some doctors recommend taking a childs temperature in his armpit which is called the axillary temperature. For babies and children under five years of age taking a rectal temperature is most accurate. Turn on the digital thermometer and lubricate the tip of the thermometer with petroleum jelly.
To take an accurate axillary temperature the thermometer point must fit snugly into your. A high temperature or fever is usually considered to be a temperature of 38c or above. Bear in mind that an external armpit reading can be as much as 2 degrees lower than an internal rectal reading. For older children and adults taking an oral temperature is perfectly fine.
This gives you the axillary temperature. 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. The rules for taking a babys armpit temperature choosing the correct thermometer. A normal temperature for your baby ranges from 976 f to 1003 f.
How its done rectal temperature. Use a digital thermometer orally if your little one can hold it still digital armpit ear or forehead thermometer. How to take an armpit temperature. If you think your baby has a high temperature its best to check their temperature with a thermometer.
All you need is a regular multi use digital thermometer.