Taking a Temperature
This six-page illustrated handout educates people about how to take a temperature with a digital thermometer. It explains that an increase in body temperature, or fever, may be a sign of infection. It discusses measures of body temperature by degrees Fahrenheit (F) in the United States, and degrees Centigrade (C) in other countries. It provides step by step instructions for measuring temperature with a thermometer orally by placing it in the mouth, or axillary by placing it under the arm in the armpit. The document identifies normal body temperature for each method, as well as high temperatures for which a doctor should be called, distinguishing body temperature for babies less than 2 months old from babies older than 2 months, children, and adults.
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