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When taking a childs temperature under the arm do you add a degree ?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 4:38 PM on Jan. 5, 2011 in Kids' Health

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  • yes.
    gabenmikeysmom

    Answer by gabenmikeysmom at 4:41 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • yes
    Steph319

    Answer by Steph319 at 4:42 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Yes, just been going thru this myself the past few days and my aunt, who was a NICU nurse, confirmed that you add a degree for under the arm, subtract a degree for rectal, and under the tongue you get an accurate reading.
    MaryMW

    Answer by MaryMW at 4:42 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Good to know cause I've needed to know this as well. MaryMW very good answer thank you!
    Heidikans

    Answer by Heidikans at 4:44 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • cool I didn't know that either
    Zoeyis

    Answer by Zoeyis at 4:45 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • According to our peds, No. I had heard that back when I first had my oldest, so I asked, and was told that the difference in temp was just a fraction of a degree, not enough to make a difference.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 4:47 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • No. The best practice is to know the normal range for the method you are taking a temp.... a pediatrician is going to want to know the ACTUAL temp and the way you took it.
    A normal underarm temp- 97-99... a temp over 100.5 would be a fever
    Rectal- 98.5-99.9 a temp over 101 would be a fever
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 5:02 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • you should be taking a rectal temp until the child can hold a thermometer in the mouth ...axillary temps are not even close to accurate
    MELRN

    Answer by MELRN at 12:13 AM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • bump
    Roadfamily6now

    Answer by Roadfamily6now at 6:19 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • YES I WAS TOLD THE MOS ACCURATE IS A RECTAL READING
    19angie74

    Answer by 19angie74 at 10:02 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

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