Understanding Oral Temperature: A Guide for Parents

As a parent, it’s important to know how to take your child’s temperature accurately. One of the most common ways to do this is by taking an oral temperature. But what exactly is an oral temperature, and how do you take it correctly?

An oral temperature is taken by placing a thermometer under the tongue. It’s a quick and easy way to get an accurate reading of your child’s body temperature. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when taking an oral temperature:

1. Wait at least 15 minutes after your child has eaten or drank anything before taking their temperature.

2. Make sure your child hasn’t been breathing through their mouth, as this can affect the accuracy of the reading.

3. Place the thermometer under the tongue and ask your child to close their mouth around it. Make sure they don’t bite down on the thermometer.

4. Wait until the thermometer beeps or signals that it’s done, then remove it from your child’s mouth.

5. Read the temperature on the thermometer and record it.

It’s important to know what a normal oral temperature is for your child. The average range is between 97.6°F (36.4°C) and 99.3°F (37.4°C). If your child’s temperature is above this range, they may have a fever and you should contact their healthcare provider.

By following these simple steps, you can take an accurate oral temperature and monitor your child’s health more effectively.

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