82457acb1a Photo by ftlaudgirl/Bigstockphoto.com. Do not put the thermometer underwater. You or your child may only be at 99.5 degrees F, but feel miserable. 26, 2015. Remove the thermometer and read it. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. How to take an armpit (axillary) temperature Taking a temperature in the armpit may not be as accurate as taking an oral or rectal temperature. This reduces blood flow to your skin to save body heat. Remove the thermometer and read it. How do I use a glass thermometer? Do not use a glass thermometer for a child younger than 5.
Tympanic, temporal artery, or axillary temperatures are the best methods for this age group. Products and ServicesBook: Mayo Clinic Book of Home RemediesBook: Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Babys First Year See alsoFever treatment guideToxoplasmosisShow moreShow less Advertisement Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. Available for Android and iOS devices. First aidFever: First aid Print Sections BasicsIn-DepthResources Products and services Free E-newsletter Subscribe to Housecall Our general interest e-newsletter keeps you up to date on a wide variety of health topics. (2.5 cm). Slide the thermometer across the forehead to one side (not up or down). For Medical ProfessionalsProvider RelationsOnline Services for Referring PhysiciansVideo CenterPublicationsContinuing Medical EducationMayo Medical LaboratoriesProfessional ServicesExplore Mayo Clinics many resources and see jobs available for medical professionals. Your caregiver may want you to keep a temperature record. The line should read less than 96F (35.6C).