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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.
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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Greer
Dr. Robert Greer
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
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In brief: Axillary temp
Temp taken under the arm tends to be 0.
3-0.4 degrees (fahrenheit) below those taken by mouth. Normal temp varies depending on gender, recent activity, food & fluid consumption, time of day, &, in women, the stage of the menstrual cycle. According to the ama, fever = body temperature above 98.6° f orally or 99.8° f rectally; so that would be about 98.2 - 98.3ºf axillary.

In brief: Axillary temp
Temp taken under the arm tends to be 0.
3-0.4 degrees (fahrenheit) below those taken by mouth. Normal temp varies depending on gender, recent activity, food & fluid consumption, time of day, &, in women, the stage of the menstrual cycle. According to the ama, fever = body temperature above 98.6° f orally or 99.8° f rectally; so that would be about 98.2 - 98.3ºf axillary.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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