A digital thermometer offers the quickest and most accurate way to take your child's temperature. Learn how to take both axillary and oral temperatures.
A digital thermometer offers the quickest and the most accurate way to take your child's temperature. This video shows how to take an axillary temperature. Although not as accurate as a rectal or oral temperature, it is an easy way to measure a child's temperature. Remove the clothing on the upper body and place the thermometer under your child's armpit so that it is touching the skin only, not clothing. Fold your child's arm across your chest or place the arm in a way that keeps the thermometer in place. Wait until you hear the beeps or other signal that means the temperature is ready to be read. To take an oral temperature, place the tip of the thermometer under the tongue and ask the child to close her lips around it. The child must be relaxed, not talk, and breathe normally through the nose. Keep the thermometer in place until you hear the signal that the temperature is ready to be read. The child will have to be 4 years or older to cooperate in taking an oral temperature.