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

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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.

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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.
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