Armpit Infant Temperature
Use a rectal or oral thermometer.
Armpit infant temperature. To take an accurate axillary temperature the thermometer point must fit snugly into your babys armpit. An armpit axillary temperature is typically 050f 030c to 10f 060c less than an oral temperature. If you dont get a snug fit the reading you get will probably be too low. A forehead temporal scanner is typically 050f 030c to 10f 060c less than an oral temperature.
For infants 3 to 12 months old recommended options include a digital rectal axillary armpit or tympanic ear temperature measurement. A normal body temperature for infants aged 02. In general the newborn temperature range is between 98 and 100 degrees fahrenheit with the average normal baby temperature being 986 degrees fahrenheit. Underarm temperature is considered the safest way to check the body temperature of children under 3 months old.
Although the temperature can be measured from different parts of the body the rectal temperature provides the clearest most reliable figure. If you need to speak to someone outside normal surgery hours you can call your gp surgerys out of hours service if they have one or nhs 111. Your child has a fever if he or she. The normal body temperature ranges using these devices are.
If an axillary temperature does not show a fever but your child feels warm and seems unwell take a rectal measurement. The babys skin should completely surround the thermometer. 979 f to 1004 f 366 c to 380 c. How accurate is armpit temperature.
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. Make sure that your babys clothing doesnt get between the thermometer and the skin. The armpit axillary method is usually used to check for fever in newborns and young children but its not as accurate as a rectal temperature. Normal temperature in babies sometimes babies and young children have higher body temperature ranges than adults for armpit and ear measurements.