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Which thermometer is best for kids?

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Digital ones can be used in the mouth, rectally, or under the arm.

For young children, a rectal temperature is most accurate.

If your kids are age 4-5 or older, you can probably get a good reading with a thermometer in the mouth.

Under the arm is less reliable but it's easier to do. Add a degree to an underarm reading to get a more accurate number.

SOURCES:

Lisa M. Asta, MD, spokeswoman, American Academy of Pediatrics; associate clinical professor of pediatrics, University of California San Francisco.

HealthyChildren.org: "When to Call the Pediatrician: Fever," "Best Ways to Take a Temperature," "How to Take a Child's Temperature."

Children's Physicians Network: "Fever."

Seattle Children's: "Should Your Child See a Doctor? Fever."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Lisa M. Asta, MD, spokeswoman, American Academy of Pediatrics; associate clinical professor of pediatrics, University of California San Francisco.

HealthyChildren.org: "When to Call the Pediatrician: Fever," "Best Ways to Take a Temperature," "How to Take a Child's Temperature."

Children's Physicians Network: "Fever."

Seattle Children's: "Should Your Child See a Doctor? Fever."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

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