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This interactive tool allows you to compare temperatures taken by mouth (oral), anus (rectal), underarm (axillary), and ear (aural).
Temperature readings can vary depending on which method you use to take them. No tool can give an exact match for temperatures taken from different parts of the body. But you can use this tool as a general guide.
It's important to remember:
After you convert a body temperature from one method to another, you can more easily compare it to normal body temperature levels. You can find out if someone's temperature is too low (hypothermia) or too high (fever).
Children tend to have higher fevers than adults. Often you must look at your or your child's other symptoms to find out how serious the illness is.
When you tell your doctor about a temperature measurement, be sure to say what method you used to take it.
For more information about how to take a temperature and how to treat fever, see:
Other Works Consulted
Leduc D, et al. (2000, reaffirmed 2013). Temperature measurement in paediatrics. Canadian Paediatric Society Position Statement. Available online: http://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/temperature-measurement.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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