What is the normal forehead temperature?
Medical research hasn't determined an exact correlation between oral, rectal, ear, armpit, and forehead temperature measurements. Generally, the correlation of temperature results are as follows: The average normal oral temperature is 37°C (98.6°F).
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.
- 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.
- In general, a baby has a fever when their body temperature exceeds 100.4°F, or 38°C. A child has a fever when their temperature exceeds 99.5°F, or 37.5°C. An adult has a fever when their temperature exceeds 99 to 99.5°F, or 37.2 to 37.5°C.
- In human anatomy, the superficial temporal artery is a major artery of the head. It arises from the external carotid artery when it bifurcates into the superficial temporal artery and maxillary artery. Its pulse is palpable superior to the zygomatic arch, anterior and superior to the tragus.
Oral and axillary temperatures average about .5 F to 1.0 F (.3 C to .6 C) degrees below rectal, ear, and temporal readings. Add .5 to 1.0 when taking orally or under the arm to determine the comparable rectal temperature. Have a separate thermometer to use for oral than for rectal.
- 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.
- How can I reduce my child's fever without using medicine?
- Place a cool, damp washcloth on your child's forehead while she rests.
- Give your child a lukewarm tub bath or a sponge bath.
- Offer your child plenty of fluids and chilled foods, such as ice pops and yogurt, to help cool the body from the inside out and keep her hydrated.
- Use a fan.
- 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.
Updated: 25th November 2019