Understanding Axillary Temperature in Children

As a parent, it’s important to know how to take your child’s temperature accurately. One common method is using an axillary thermometer, which measures the temperature in the armpit. However, it’s important to understand that axillary temperature readings may not always be as accurate as other methods, such as rectal or oral temperature readings.

When taking your child’s axillary temperature, make sure to follow the instructions carefully and keep in mind that the reading may be slightly lower than their actual body temperature. It’s also important to note that axillary temperature readings can be affected by factors such as sweating, clothing, and even the position of the arm.

If you’re unsure about how to take your child’s temperature or have concerns about their health, it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional. By understanding axillary temperature and its limitations, you can ensure that you’re taking the best care of your child’s health.

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