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It seems like a simple thing, but many people do not take temperatures accurately. Although the number on the thermometer is not that important for adults and older children, it is still important to know how to take a temperature.

Did you that the only accurate temperature in a young child is a rectal temperature? Find out how to use a thermometer the right way, no matter which way you are checking it.

While you are at it, find out more about fevers and when you should be concerned about a temperature.

June 30, 2008 at 11:52 pm
(1) Dan R says:

Hi Kristina. My situation might seem alittle embarrassing. I have been having trouble with my asthama the last couple of days. And I have been very congested. I felt very warm when I woke up today and wanted to take my temperature. We still use the standard glass mercury thermometers. We have an oral and a rectal thermometer. Well I was so congested that I did not want to struggle to try to keep the oral one in my mouth for 3 minutes. I instead got the rectal thermometer and jar of vaseline. I shook it down below 96 and took my rectal temperature. I inserted it about halfway and left it in for a full 5 minutes. When I took it out it was 101.2. Is this a high fever for rectal. I also prefer the rectal readings because of their accuracy. Thanks.

May 15, 2009 at 10:43 am
(2) PLAY DOCTOR says:

Regardless of age or sex, RECTAL TEMPERATURE is always the most accurate and should always be the preferred method.

July 21, 2009 at 5:35 pm
(3) chloe says:

hello im feeling very hot and i cant cool down any way at all do u nw wht cud be wrong im very hot n cnt relax or sleep just crnt keep still alwayz need a drink and im very hot n ma temputre in house is 26

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