Infant Armpit Temperature Fever
Your child has a fever if he or she.
Infant armpit temperature fever. When to call your doctor. Should i treat a fever. Armpit temperature of 99 f 372 c or higher. An elevated temperature indicates a fever which is often due to a bacterial or viral infection.
Underarm temperature is considered the safest way to check the body temperature of children under 3 months old. Treating fever in a child. Treating a fever neither shortens nor particularly prolongs the course of an illness. A forehead temporal scanner is typically 050f 030c to 10f 060c less than an oral temperature.
Abnormal infant body temperature any body temperature outside of the ranges noted is considered abnormal. A systematic review published in april 2000 in bmj found that there was wide variation between axillary and rectal temperatures. When you or your child is sick the main goal is to relieve discomfort and promote rest. If an axillary temperature does not show a fever but your child feels warm and seems unwell take a rectal measurement.
A common definition for fever using the rectal method is 1004 f while for the axillary method its 993 f. A babys normal temperature can range from about 97 to 1003 degrees fahrenheit. Its also commonly used to check temperature in infants to 5 year olds because its. An axillary temperature will normally be lower than a rectal temperature.
Most doctors consider a rectal temperature of 1004 f or higher as a fever. Has a rectal ear or temporal artery temperature of 1004 f 38 c or higher has an oral temperature of 100 f 378 c or higher has an armpit temperature of 99 f 372 c or higher. Not all infections produce fever and without knowing how well the armpit temperature was recorded he. An armpit axillary temperature is typically 050f 030c to 10f 060c less than an oral temperature.
Overheating is another relatively common cause of fever in babies. Use a rectal or oral thermometer.