What is the best way to measure a fever?

The best way to measure a fever depends on age, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

For babies and children younger than 5, a rectal temperature is the most exact. However, it can be difficult the older children get because it is not the most comfortable option.

For children 2 and under, taking their temperature under their armpit is the next best option.

For children between 2 and 5, taking their temperature in their ear is the second-best option.

Anyone who is older than 5 should have their temperature taken by mouth for the most accurate results. Taking an ear temperature is the next best choice.

For more information about the best way to measure temperature, talk with your doctor.

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