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do you add a degree or minus a degree when you take temperature from the armpit?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:27 AM on Dec. 16, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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Answers (8)
  • Add.

    Answer by armywife2009101 at 10:29 AM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • add

    Answer by oldermomof5 at 10:30 AM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • Add for arm pit, subtract for rectal.

    Answer by teamquinn at 10:33 AM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • Add

    Answer by mamaada at 10:36 AM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • I never knew that. I always just go with the number it reads.

    Answer by mompam at 10:40 AM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • add. unless it's specifically designed for underam. then check the insturctions as it may adjust the temp for you.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:56 AM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • add for under armpit, and rectal is exact temp-don't adjust that one.

    Answer by doodlebopfan at 11:00 AM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • Neither. It's better to know the the range for each method you take a temp... because if you are calling the doctor they don't want an adjusted temp they want actual numbers.
    So for an underarm temp the Normal range would be between 97.5-98.9 low grade temp if it's over 99.9
    Oral- 97-99 (probably not until a child is older) low grade temp if it's over 100.5
    Rectal- 98.5-99.9 fever if it's a baby under the age of 3 months is 100.5, for older babies 101

    Answer by AmiJanell at 2:26 PM on Dec. 16, 2009