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How do I choose the best method for taking a temperature?

Answer

Oral Method – Recommended for children 4 years and older

Place the probe tip under the tongue and close the mouth. Instruct children not to bite down on the tip.

Rectal Method – Commonly used for babies and young children

For easier insertion, position the baby on their back and have their legs form a 90-degree (L-shaped) angle. Try placing the child on your lap with their legs down. Gently insert the probe tip no more than a ½ inch (1.3 cm) into the rectum. Do not force probe tip into the rectum if you encounter resistance. Note: Use a lubricated thermometer cover.

Underarm Method – Recommended for all ages

Wipe the underarm with a dry towel or cloth. The probe tip must touch the skin. Place the probe tip in the center of the underarm and lower arm against body.

 

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