How to Take an Axillary Temperature - Dearborn Pediatrics
Dearborn Pediatrics

PARENTS: Face masks are now optional.

Well child visit appointments can now come directly into the office and check in at the front desk. At this time we are asking all sick visit appointments to continue checking in from the parking lot.

You do not need an appointment but would still need to call from the parking lot when you arrive for this nurse visit.

Axillary Temperature

How to Take an Axillary Temperature

This is a convenient way to take a child’s temperature especially for kids who can’t hold a thermometer in their mouths.
Remove your child’s shirt and undershirt, and place the thermometer under an armpit (it must be touching skin only, not clothing).
Fold your child’s arm across the chest to hold the thermometer in place.
Wait until you hear the appropriate number of beeps or other signal that the temperature is ready to be read. Write down the number on the screen, noting the time of day that you took the reading.

Keep These Tips In Mind

  • Never take your child’s temperature right after a bath or our child has been bundled tightly for a while — this can affect the temperature reading.
  • Never leave your child unattended while taking a temperature.