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accuracy of underarm temperature

A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maryam Shapland
17 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes: Axillary (underarm) temperature is not very accurate. Rectal temperature is the most accurate way to take a temperature.

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A female asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
30 years experience Internal Medicine
Normal temperature: Current measures are within acceptable limits. If symptomatic see your PCP
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Being a Mom: You put the thermometer in the arm pit and hold the arm close to the babies body for a minute or so.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Axillary temp: Axillary temp can be 1/2 to 1 degree lower than oral temp.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
About temperatures: 97's, 98's, and 99's are normal temperatures in normal babies. That means those temperatures don't tell you if a baby is normal or not normal. Parents ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Too high for what ?: The common adage is to add a degree or two to an armpit temperature to yield a core temperature comparison. If so this is a low grade fever. It is com ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Temperature: Although the definition of low grade fever can vary some, in general an axillary temperature over 37.6°C (99.7°F) would be a low grade fever in mos ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Taking Temperature: They are all fine. I do not see a reason for this question. What are you concerned about?
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
22 years experience Pediatrics
Rectal: Temp should be taken rectally in newborns for accuracy. Any temo over 100.4 is considered a fever
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cindy Juster
36 years experience Pediatrics
Saline and suction: Saline nose drops and nasal suction are the most helpful; I advise using them every few hours as needed. Prop up the head of his bed a little and use ... Read More
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