The staff of Panda Pediatrics, located in Washington, D.C.
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There are two important parts of taking your child's temperature. Knowing how to take it (click here for Is It a Fever and What to Do), and knowing what it means (click here for What Temperature is a Fever?).
Place the tip of the thermometer in a dry armpit.
Close the armpit by holding the elbow against the chest until the thermometer beeps.
If you’re uncertain about the result, check it with a rectal temperature.