What is considered a fever using a temporal thermometer?

Your child has a fever if he or she: Has a rectal, ear or temporal artery temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher. Has an oral temperature of 100 F (37.8 C) or higher. Has an armpit temperature of 99 F (37.2 C) or higher.
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What is a normal temporal temperature?

The average normal oral temperature is 98.6°F (37°C). An armpit (axillary) temperature is usually 0.5°F (0.3°C) to 1°F (0.6°C) lower than an oral temperature. A forehead (temporal) scanner is usually 0.5°F (0.3°C) to 1°F (0.6°C) lower than an oral temperature.
  • What is a normal temporal temperature?

    The average normal oral temperature is 98.6°F (37°C). An armpit (axillary) temperature is usually 0.5°F (0.3°C) to 1°F (0.6°C) lower than an oral temperature. A forehead (temporal) scanner is usually 0.5°F (0.3°C) to 1°F (0.6°C) lower than an oral temperature.
  • Are you supposed to add a degree to a temporal thermometer?

    Rectal temperatures are usually about 1 degree higher than oral temperatures and 1 1/2 degrees higher than axillary temperatures, but since you don't have to add a degree with ear or temporal thermometers, talking about adding or subtracting a degree can be confusing.
  • What is considered to be a low grade fever?

    A low-grade fever is often classified as an oral temperature that is above 98.6° F (37° C) but lower than 100.4° F (38° C) for a period of 24 hours. A fever of 103° or higher is more concerning in adults. Fevers, though uncomfortable, play a key role in helping your body fight off many infections.
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Do you add a degree to a temporal thermometer?

Rectal temperatures are usually about 1 degree higher than oral temperatures and 1 1/2 degrees higher than axillary temperatures, but since you don't have to add a degree with ear or temporal thermometers, talking about adding or subtracting a degree can be confusing.
  • What is the temperature of a fever?

    Although a fever could be considered any body temperature above the normal 98.6 F (37 C), medically, a person is not considered to have a significant fever until the temperature is above 100.4 F (38.0 C). Most fever is beneficial, causes no problems, and helps the body fight off infections.
  • How many degrees do you add when you take a temperature under the arm?

    To take your child's axillary temperature, have the child sit in your lap, facing to the side. Place the thermometer under your child's near arm, which should be against your chest. An axillary reading is generally 1 degree Fahrenheit (about 0.5 degree Celsius) lower than an oral reading.
  • How long do you take your temperature for?

    To take an oral temperature: Put the end with the colored tip under your tongue. Close your lips gently around the thermometer. Do not bite it. Keep the thermometer under your tongue for 3 minutes.
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Which temperature is considered to be the most accurate?

A fever is considered to be a rectal, ear or temporal artery temperature of 100.4ºF (38ºC) or higher. If you are using an oral or oral pacifier thermometer, many doctors would say that a fever is also over 100.4ºF (38ºC), but some may consider a fever in a young patient, to be an oral temperature of 100ºF or 37.8ºC.
  • How many degrees do you add when you take a temperature under the arm?

    To take your child's axillary temperature, have the child sit in your lap, facing to the side. Place the thermometer under your child's near arm, which should be against your chest. An axillary reading is generally 1 degree Fahrenheit (about 0.5 degree Celsius) lower than an oral reading.
  • What oral temperature is a fever?

    In most adults, a fever is an oral temperature above 100.4°F (38°C) or a rectal or ear temperature above 101°F (38.3°C). A child has a fever when his or her rectal temperature is 100.4°F (38°C) or higher.
  • What are the different ways to take a temperature?

    There are 4 ways to take a temperature at home: Oral (by mouth), rectal (by rectum or bottom), tympanic (just inside the ear canal) and axillary (under the arm). The method used usually depends on your child's age. For a newborn through 3 months, take a rectal temperature.

Updated: 25th November 2019

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