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Knowing how to take your child's temperature is important because it helps you identify fevers and treat illnesses properly. The normal temperature range for children is 96.8–100.4°F (36–38°C). To find out what temperature is normal for your child, take your child's temperature when he or she is well.
Whenever you take your child's temperature, write it down. Record the date, time, and any symptoms that your child has.
Type of thermometer to use
The steps for taking your child's temperature depend on the method and the type of thermometer that you use. You will get the result in about 1 minute. Always read the instructions that come with the thermometer.
Wash your hands with soap and water before and after taking your child's temperature. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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