Armpit Infant Temperature
For infants 3 to 12 months old recommended options include a digital rectal axillary armpit or tympanic ear temperature measurement.
Armpit infant temperature. To take an accurate axillary temperature the thermometer point must fit snugly into your babys armpit. Your child has a fever if he or she. The normal body temperature ranges using these devices are. An armpit axillary temperature is typically 050f 030c to 10f 060c less than an oral temperature.
A forehead temporal scanner is typically 050f 030c to 10f 060c less than an oral temperature. If an axillary temperature does not show a fever but your child feels warm and seems unwell take a rectal measurement. A normal body temperature for infants aged 02. Normal temperature in babies sometimes babies and young children have higher body temperature ranges than adults for armpit and ear measurements.
The babys skin should completely surround the thermometer. In general the newborn temperature range is between 98 and 100 degrees fahrenheit with the average normal baby temperature being 986 degrees fahrenheit. Your babys temperature is 39c or higher if theyre 3 to 6 months old. 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.
If you dont get a snug fit the reading you get will probably be too low. Underarm temperature is considered the safest way to check the body temperature of children under 3 months old. Use a rectal or oral thermometer. Its also commonly used to check temperature in infants to 5 year olds because it.
How accurate is armpit temperature. 979 f to 1004 f 366 c to 380 c. Your babys temperature is 38c or higher if theyre under 3 months old. 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.