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Practical tips for taking kids’ temperatures
Whichever type of thermometer you choose, always follow the package directions, says Ms. Klein. Here are other useful tips:
- Wait at least 15 minutes after kids drink anything to take an oral temperature.
- Don’t take kids’ temperatures right after a bath or if they’ve been bundled up for a while.
- Rectal and ear temperatures are 0.5°F-1°F (0.3°C-0.6°C) higher than the mouth’s temperature.
- Armpit and forehead temperatures are 0.5°F-1°F (0.3°C-0.6°C) lower than the mouth’s temperature.
- Use a standard digital thermometer to take your baby’s rectal temperature? Label it “rectal” and keep it separate from other thermometers.