Infant Fever Armpit
Exergen temporal artery thermometer.
Infant fever armpit. Place the thermometer as high up into the armpit as possible with the tip pointing toward your babys head. Has an armpit temperature of 99 f 372 c or higher. Keep in mind that an armpit temperature might not be accurate. Best temporal artery thermometer for baby historically a rectal normal baby temperature armpit reading was advised for the youngest of babies.
However the introduction of forehead thermometers has given moms of sick newborns a quicker easier and less invasive option. If an axillary temperature does not show a fever but your child feels warm and seems unwell take a rectal measurement. 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.
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. Use a rectal or oral thermometer. Hold your babys arm down against his side to ensure that the tip of the thermometer is surrounded by skin. Your child has a fever if he or she.
Dry the armpit since moisture conducts heat and may give a false reading.