Body temperature is a measure of the body's ability to generate and get rid of heat. Safe and accurate temperature taking is important especially in young children. If your child has a fever, home treatment can include giving over the counter medication such as acetaminophen, to help lower their temperature. The amount of medication to give depends on the age and weight of your child. If you have questions about taking a temperature, body temperatures or fever, speak with your health care provider or call to speak with a nurse or pharmacist.
What is the Most Accurate Way to Take a Temperature?
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Axillary vs Oral Temperature. There are three places where your body temperature can be measured. These are mouth, armpit and the rectal area. Under this section, we will be discussing the main differences between the oral and axillary temperatures. The basic difference between the two temperatures is the way in which they are taken. When you place a thermometer inside the oral cavity the mouth, silly , you are actually finding out the oral temperature.
Study’s bottom line: Rectal temps are best
Different methods of taking a temperature will produce different average readings. However, several methods that measure the internal temperature, including oral, axillary, rectal, temporal and ear have been found in various studies to all be accurate ways to take a temperature. It is important to properly take a temperature with whatever method you choose, as if it is done incorrectly, the reading may be inaccurate and will generally read lower than the true temperature. A fever is considered to be a rectal, ear or temporal artery temperature of Talk to your doctor about what temperature range they would consider a fever and about the recommended treatment.
A rectal thermometer is the most accurate way to take a temperature. Author: Healthwise Staff. Medical Review: Susan C.