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Where should a thermometer be usually held for checking the temperature ?

while using a thermometer one should check the under arm temperature or mouth temperature. My son is 17 months old.... he had fever last week..... when he was sleeping i kept our digital thermometer in his mouth, that time reading was more in comaprison to wat i got from underarm at the same instance. kindly advice.
Asked On : Wed, 13 Jul 2011
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If the child is co-operative it would be wise to check oral temperature as under arm temperature is not as sensitive to the body's real core temperature as the oral and rectal temperatures. The under arm or axillary temperature is 0.5-1 deg F lesser than oral temperature. Most accurate will be rectal temperature measured my rectal theromometer only, then comes oral temperature, then axillary.
Answered: Wed, 13 Jul 2011
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Your observation is correct.Mouth temp. is a little more than underarm temp.
when u are checking for fever,always go for temp. in a same place,either mouth or underarm.It will be easier for u to compare for rise or fall.
Answered: Wed, 13 Jul 2011
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