Your body temperature can be measured in many places on your body. The most common ones are the mouth, the ear, the armpit (axillary), and the rectum. Foreheads are also accurate and commonly measured.
Normal body temperatures vary from person to person –average body temperatures:
· ORAL: 98.6 F (37C)
· RECTAL 99.6 F (37.5C)
· EAR: 99.6 F (37.5C)
· AXILLARY: 97.6 F (36C)
· FOREHEAD: 97.6-97 F (36 C)
Body temperatures are usually lowest in the morning and higher later in the day. In most adults, a fever is an oral temp above 100 degrees F. Your child has a fever if he or she:
· Has a rectal or ear temp of 100.4 F or higher
· Has an oral temp of 100 F or higher
· Has an armpit temp of 99 F or higher
Keep in mind that an armpit temperature may not be accurate - if in doubt use another method to confirm the results.