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What qualifies as a fever when taking an infant's temperature under his arm? I've heard a variety of answers and am a little confused.

What qualifies as a fever when taking an infant's temperature under his arm? I've heard a variety of answers and am a little confused.

Me too.: In infants I prefer rectal temp.102.0 qualifies as a "temperature" this way. It is slightly higher than oral. I do not have great faith in the skin strips. ...Read more

Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more


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Does anyone have an infant that was born with arm paralysis?

Does anyone have an infant that was born with arm paralysis?

Transient vs long tm: The forces that occur in the moments of a delivery can place traction on nerves that come out of the neck & supply the arm. It is relatively common for arm to be limp for a while due to swelling around the nerves. Onset may be immediate or later after swelling occurs, most swelling subsides in a day or two & function returns. Some kids need therapy to recover, rare cases can be permanent. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my arm that my 3 yo has rubbed/picked at since he was an infant. It has changed to a lighter color & scabbed. Should I be concerned?

I have a mole on my arm that my 3 yo has rubbed/picked at since he was an infant. It has changed to a lighter color & scabbed. Should I be concerned?

Probably: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and even that may not be helpful. You may need to have the lesion removed and the tissue sent to a pathologist for examination. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for an 8 week old infant with a spiral fracture of the arm?

What is the treatment for an 8 week old infant with a spiral fracture of the arm?

Thorough eval: This kind of fracture at this age requires a thorough evaluation. A history of the event if known that preceded detection of the injury. An evaluation of the setting wherein it occurred & a minimum set of x-rays over the all the long bones & ribs for other fractures. The orthopedist is a player in this event, but no more important than the team that covers the other issues. ...Read more

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I am 34 y/o and 4 foot 9 inches female I weight 134 lbs history of tricuspid regurgitation and asd repair as a infant. Having chest pain, heaviness, left arm aching pain and heart palpatations. Please help!?

I am 34 y/o and 4 foot 9 inches female I weight 134 lbs history of tricuspid regurgitation and asd repair as a infant. Having chest pain, heaviness, left arm aching pain and heart palpatations. Please help!?

Get Help: Serious issues can develop after hear surgery. Your palpitations are concerning for an abnormal heart rhythm. You should follow-up for life with a cardiologist specifically trained in adult congenital cardiology. Nationwide children's hosp and the cleveland clinic have such cardiologists. Your symptoms are concerning, so please see a cardiologist soon. ...Read more

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How to take baby temperature in armpit?

How to take baby temperature in armpit?

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. ...Read more

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My baby's rectal temperature is 99.is that serious? His armpit temperature is 98.1

My baby's rectal temperature is 99.is that serious? His armpit temperature is 98.1

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 and doctors have to use other signs and symptoms, or the lack thereof, to decide if a baby is normal or not. Look to see if there are other signs. ...Read more

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Should I take my baby to the e.R.? I checked his temperature from his armpit with a digital thermometer 3 different times. It read 101.3 all 3 times. I recall his dr saying before that if I checked temperature this way I should add on 1 degree. My baby fe

Should I take my baby to the e.R.? I checked his temperature from his armpit with a digital thermometer 3 different times. It read 101.3 all 3 times. I recall his dr saying before that if I checked temperature this way I should add on 1 degree. My baby fe

Fever *by itself*...: ...Is never an emergency. Fever plus very cranky, severe cough, much vomiting, out of it, short of breath, not drinking, etc - now that is an emergency, but that would still be an emergency even if fever wasn't there. Exception: any fever is an emergency in a baby under 2 months of age, or in a severely immunosuppressed person such as one on chemotherapy. ...Read more

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37.3°C temperature under armpit on 2 months old baby a day after vaccines. Gave Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain 4 times already. Wearing light clothes. What to do?

37.3°C temperature under armpit on 2 months old baby a day after vaccines. Gave Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain 4 times already. Wearing light clothes. What to do?

Fever: Any baby less than 3 months with a fever needs to be assessed in the ER. The most accurate way to measure a temperature is a rectal temperature. The fever may not be related to his/her shots. Have your baby seen now. ...Read more

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Under arm temperature of 38 but rectal temperature of 37.4. Baby was asleep before taking the temperature. What's more reliable? Shots yesterday 2m

Under arm temperature of 38 but rectal temperature of 37.4. Baby was asleep before taking the temperature. What's more reliable? Shots yesterday 2m

Rectal temps: Rectal temperatures are the most closely associated with true body temperature, followed by oral then axillary (under the arm). Tympanic membrane (ear) and forehead thermometers are unreliable in the pediatric population. ...Read more

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What is the normal temperature of an infant?

What is the normal temperature of an infant?

Depends: It depends how you take the temperature/ a rectal temperature can be from 97.6 to 99.6 and still be normal. Tempreatures taken in the armpit are generally a degree lower. ...Read more

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What is considered a high temperature in an infant 9 months old?

What is considered a high temperature in an infant 9 months old?

Condition not temp: Kids febrile response to illness is more a gauge of how well their body rejects the germs than how serious the illness. I've had kids with 105 giggling & running down the hallway while some with 100.4 couldn't move without pain. Any kid with sustained t >102 for >12hrs deserves a dr visit. I am more concerned about taking fluids, wet diapers & play. A 7yo with 107 last yr with flu did quite well. ...Read more

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How to treat kids when they had fever in home wat syrups can we use at that time. Normal fever temperature for infants and kids?

How to treat kids when they had fever in home wat syrups can we use at that time. Normal fever temperature for infants and kids?

Infants, Kids: And adults have the same normal temperature...but it may vary within a RANGE and be different in each individual. Because of occasional bad reactions to aspirin I suggest Acetaminophen Syrup... (Pediatric) FOLLOW DOSAGE RECOMMENDATIONS CAREFULLY! I hope this helps!

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What is normal temperature to detect that infant have fever?

What is normal temperature to detect that infant have fever?

100.4 F: Most agree that a rectal temperature of 100.4 and above represent a fever in an infant. ...Read more

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CDC recommends mix infant formula with water at temperature at least 158F. I am wondering whether there is a maximum temperature? Will temperature like 185F break down any nutrition or create bad chemicals?

CDC recommends mix infant formula with water at temperature at least 158F. I am wondering whether there is a maximum temperature? Will temperature like 185F break down any nutrition or create bad chemicals?

I never would: I don't know where you got your info but don't believe the CDC would suggest this and would NEVER do it. Baby formula should be placed in bottles cleaned as you would common dishes/utensils preferably using hot water but it is not necessary to sterilize them. It can then be mixed at room temperature using hygienic methods. I agree that high temps would break down the nutrients. ...Read more

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What is a healthy temperature range for an infant?

What is a healthy temperature range for an infant?

Temperature: A fever in an infant is generally considered to be a temperature of 100.5 F or greater. This is particularly important for children under 6-8 weeks of age. Conversely a low temperature of ...Read more

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How high can an infant's temperature go when teething?

How high can an infant's temperature go when teething?

Not very: I am not convinced infants actually develop fever when teething.They have so many minor viral illnesses between 6m-3y in the same time frame that there is sure to be overlap. If they do I would only accept up to 101. Any higher & I would want to look to some illness as a source. ...Read more

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Infant temperature of a high fever for three month old?

Infant temperature of a high fever for three month old?

See a doctor: Fever usually means that the body is raising the temperature to stop viral or bacterial attacks. An infant retains the mother's antibodies for about 3 months. The infant's immature immune system takes over so the baby becomes more vulnerable. If the baby's temperature is very high or very low, it may be very serious
go to emergency dept, hydrate, tepid not cold water for cooling, take a temperature. ...Read more

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My husband has rounded legions on soles, palms, hips, and armpits. They do not burst or ooze. He does not have a temperature. What could this be?

My husband has rounded legions on soles, palms, hips, and armpits. They do not burst or ooze. He does not have a temperature. What could this be?

Rash: Depending on the type of these lesions, it can be an infection or a skin condition, it needs to be examined to reach the right diagnosis, let him see his doctor. ...Read more

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What's the best method for taking a child or infant's temperature?

What's the best method for taking a child or infant's temperature?

See below: The most accurate method is rectally. Certainly in an older child, you may not be able to do that. Oral temp in an older child is reliable. And, the temporal artery thermometers are very reliable. ...Read more

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My 7 month old son has a temperature of 36.8 C taken from his armpit. He seems pretty fussy. Does he have a fever? Thanks

My 7 month old son has a temperature of 36.8 C taken from his armpit. He seems pretty fussy. Does he have a fever? Thanks

No, this is not: A fever. Is he sick in any way? Does he have a cold? Is he teething? Those could all be some reasons for his fussiness. Is he eating and drinking? If he remains fussy, even without a fever, I would recommend that you have him seen by his doctor. ...Read more

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Where's the best place to measure body temperature? I have excessive sweating and my armpits are cold so when I measure my temp then it shows low temp

Where's the best place to measure body temperature? I have excessive sweating and my armpits are cold so when I measure my temp then it shows low temp

Adult: The best temp is from oral temp in adult, unless you are looking for minute changes, then rectal temp is most accurate. This is used for basal body temp variations for ovulation. ...Read more

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Does shaving your armpit hair reduce sweating or armpit temperature?

Does shaving your armpit hair reduce sweating or armpit temperature?

Let us see: Sweating has nothing to do with underarm hair. You'll sweat the same amount hair or no hair. Sweating has nothing to do with underarm hair. You'll sweat the same amount hair or no hair. ...Read more

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Doctor, hat is the normal temperature for teenager when it is taken in the armpit? In degrees celsius.

Doctor, hat is the normal temperature for teenager when it is taken in the armpit? In degrees celsius.

36.8-37.1: Under the armpit if held long enough can run from 36.8 to 37.1 the temp under the arm is usually slightly lower that rectal oral or forehead (i didn't mention ear because ear is very unreliable) but above 37.1 you should check by one of the other means. ...Read more

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14month old son. What temperature means fever? What to do immediately when fever? Give infant Tylenol (acetaminophen) or something? Pl suggest.

14month old son. What temperature means fever? What to do immediately when fever? Give infant Tylenol (acetaminophen) or something? Pl suggest.

Take a breath: For most healthy children, I consider 101 to be a fever. For tiny or sick babies it's different. Take a breath and immediately take a good look at your son. Is he breathing usually/comfortably? Is he drinking fluids and having wet diapers?

Fever is a defense mechanism which helps your body fight infections by making it less hospitable. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can lower fever, but isn't always needed. ...Read more