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How should I check my child's fever?

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Once you have the right thermometer:

  • Before using: Wash it in lukewarm soapy water, then rinse and dry with a clean paper towel.
  • Insert according to package directions, then wait until the thermometer beeps to tell you it's ready to read.
  • Write down your child's temperature and the medicine you give. List the time and the dose if you use medicine to reduce fever. Share this information with your pediatrician if you need to call.
  • After using: Wash and rinse the thermometer, or wipe it with rubbing alcohol. Store it in a container in a cool, dry place.

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Hansa Bhargava, MD, WebMD Medical Editor.

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 29, 2018

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Hansa Bhargava, MD, WebMD Medical Editor.

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 29, 2018

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