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Health Tip: Check Your Child's Temperature

Health Tip: Check Your Child's Temperature

(HealthDay News) -- If you think your child might have a fever, it's important to take the child's temperature correctly.

The Mayo Clinic offers these guidelines:

  • From birth to 3 months of age, you'll get the most accurate reading using a digital thermometer and taking the temperature rectally.

  • From 3 months to 4 years old, a digital thermometer used rectally or under the armpit is preferred.

  • Wait until your child is at least 6 months old to use a digital ear thermometer.

  • Starting at age 4, your child can probably hold a thermometer under the tongue. Other options include a temporal artery thermometer, a digital ear thermometer or a digital thermometer placed under the armpit.

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