(StatePoint) If your child is feverish, monitoring his or her temperature accurately can help you know what to expect.
Here are some important things to know about your child’s fever:
• Don’t guess by touch -- get a more accurate temperature reading with a quality thermometer. There are several ways to take a temperature, from the ear and mouth to the underarm and forehead.
• Rectal temperature taking is recommended for infants, while oral thermometers are good for kids who are at least 4 years old who can easily hold the thermometer in their mouths.
• It’s important to keep children home from school, play dates and other activities for at least 24 hours after their fevers break.
• New non-invasive thermometers now can take readings in seconds by gently swiping a child’s forehead or by using an ear thermometer with a pre-warmed tip to minimize cooling when inserted.
• Thermometers with memory recall functions can help parents share results with pediatricians.
More tips for dealing with fever symptoms can be found at BraunThermometers.com. Parents can also visit ColdandFluShop.com for products and information to help their families navigate cold and flu season.
To get a handle on your child’s fever, be sure you’re getting accurate information. Take readings early and often.