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?).
Use a flexible digital thermometer. Do not use a mercury thermometer.
Be sure your child has not taken a cold or hot drink within the last 30 min.
Place the tip of the thermometer under one side of the tongue and toward the back. Note: An accurate temperature depends on proper placement.
Have your child hold it in place with the lips and fingers and breathe through the nose, keeping the mouth closed.
Leave it inside the mouth until the thermometer beeps.