Infant Armpit Temperature Fever
Treating a fever neither shortens nor particularly prolongs the course of an illness.
Infant armpit temperature fever. Treating fever in a child. If an axillary temperature does not show a fever but your child feels warm and seems unwell take a rectal measurement. An elevated temperature indicates a fever which is often due to a bacterial or viral infection. Abnormal infant body temperature any body temperature outside of the ranges noted is considered abnormal.
Underarm temperature is considered the safest way to check the body temperature of children under 3 months old. A common definition for fever using the rectal method is 1004 f while for the axillary method its 993 f. An axillary temperature will normally be lower than a rectal temperature. Your child has a fever if he or she.
When you or your child is sick the main goal is to relieve discomfort and promote rest. Overheating is another relatively common cause of fever in babies. Not all infections produce fever and without knowing how well the armpit temperature was recorded he. Use a rectal or oral thermometer.
Armpit temperature of 99 f 372 c or higher. A systematic review published in april 2000 in bmj found that there was wide variation between axillary and rectal temperatures. A babys normal temperature can range from about 97 to 1003 degrees fahrenheit. 37 c is 986f and these are normal temperatures.
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. Should i treat a fever. Its also commonly used to check temperature in infants to 5 year olds because its.
An armpit axillary temperature is typically 050f 030c to 10f 060c less than an oral temperature. When to call your doctor.