Before you can treat a fever it is important to accurately measure your child’s temperature. Here are a few easy techniques to get you started.
When a child is sick, the first thing the doctor’s office may ask is, “What’s her temperature and how did you take it?” There are a variety of thermometers and ways to take a child’s temperature, so it’s helpful to know what’s recommended for each age.
Basic digital thermometers are a good choice. They are accurate, fast, easy to use, inexpensive, and can be used for a variety of temperature-taking methods: in the bottom (rectal), by mouth (oral), or under the arm.
NOTE: A thermometer used for taking temperatures should not be used for other methods.