Infant Armpit Temperature Range
For infants 3 to 12 months old recommended options include a digital rectal axillary armpit or tympanic ear temperature measurement.
Infant armpit temperature range. A common definition for fever using the rectal method is 1004 f while for the axillary method its 993 f. Its also commonly used to check temperature in infants to 5 year olds because it. Normal armpit temperature should be below 347 to 373 degrees celsius for rectal thermometers the normal range is 366 to 380 degreescelsius as always get in touch with a gp or healthcare professional if youre concerned. Underarm temperature is considered the safest way to check the body temperature of children under 3 months old.
Sometimes babies and young children have higher body temperature ranges than adults for armpit and ear measurements. 964 f to 1004 f 358 c to 380 c. If an axillary temperature does not show a fever but your child feels warm and seems unwell take a rectal measurement. 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.
The normal body temperature ranges using these devices are. A normal body temperature for infants aged 02 years ranges from 979100. 979 f to 1004 f 366 c to 380 c axillary. 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 keep in mind that an armpit temperature might not be accurate.
A systematic review published in april 2000 in bmj found that there was wide variation between axillary and rectal temperatures.