Infant Armpit Temperature Fever
Overheating is another relatively common cause of fever in babies.
Infant armpit temperature fever. Use a rectal or oral thermometer. If an axillary temperature does not show a fever but your child feels warm and seems unwell take a rectal measurement. An armpit axillary temperature is typically 050f 030c to 10f 060c less than an oral temperature. A common definition for fever using the rectal method is 1004 f while for the axillary method its 993 f.
When to call your doctor. When you or your child is sick the main goal is to relieve discomfort and promote rest. Children with relatively high fevers may not look or act particularly sick. A babys normal temperature can range from about 97 to 1003 degrees fahrenheit.
An elevated temperature indicates a fever which is often due to a bacterial or viral infection. Treating a fever neither shortens nor particularly prolongs the course of an illness. An axillary temperature will normally be lower than a rectal temperature. Not all infections produce fever and without knowing how well the armpit temperature was recorded he.
Underarm temperature is considered the safest way to check the body temperature of children under 3 months old. 37 c is 986f and these are normal temperatures. Has a rectal ear or temporal artery temperature of 1004 f 38 c or higher has an oral temperature of 100 f 378 c or higher has an armpit temperature of 99 f 372 c or higher. Should i treat a fever.
Most doctors consider a rectal temperature of 1004 f or higher as a fever. Its also commonly used to check temperature in infants to 5 year olds because its. A forehead temporal scanner is typically 050f 030c to 10f 060c less than an oral temperature. Abnormal infant body temperature any body temperature outside of the ranges noted is considered abnormal.
The armpit axillary method is usually used to check for fever in newborns and young children but its not as accurate as a rectal temperature. A systematic review published in april 2000 in bmj found that there was wide variation between axillary and rectal temperatures.