Choosing right thermometer for your babies:
The best place to use the thermometer depends on the age of your child.
A digital rectal thermometer or a temporal artery are the most accurate. Temperatures measured by mouth, by electronic pacifier, or by ear are also accurate if done properly. Temperatures measured in the armpit are the least accurate, but they are better than no measurement.
- For a baby less than 3 months:
A temporal artery or armpit temperature are best because they are safe and easy to do. If the armpit temperature is over 99°F (or 37.2°C), double check it with a rectal temperature. It is good to double check with a rectal temperature because if your baby has a true fever, you should see a healthcare provider immediately.
- For a child between 3 months and 4 or 5 years old:
A rectal, temporal artery, or electronic pacifier thermometer are best. Using an ear thermometer is fine after 6 months old but you have to place it correctly in the ear canal for an accurate result. An armpit temperature is fine for a quick check if done correctly.
- For a child older than 4 or 5 years old:
Take the temperature by mouth (orally), or use a temporal artery or ear thermometer.
Don’t use mercury thermometers, get a new and safe digital one.
For any type of thermometer you use, carefully read the instructions firstly. Before and after each use, clean the tip of the thermometer with rubbing alcohol or soap and warm water.
Never leave your child unattended while you’re taking his or her temperature.
|Less than 3 months|
|3 months to 4-5 years||(After 6 months)|
|5 years and older|
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