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Taking the temperature of babies and toddlers

Due to concerns about safety and acceptability, oral and rectal thermometry are not advised for children aged 0-5 years. Tympanic thermometry is convenient. It can be used in people of all ages, including babies, and provides parents with a reliable way to detect fever.

Having a child with fever can be stressful for parents, and health care professionals play a very important role in helping them to understand the situation and in recommending how to best measure temperature and interpret results.

This module covers the different methods to measure temperature and which ones are recommended for use on babies and young children. Braun also offers additional information on its ThermoScan® 7 Ear thermometer in the supporting materials section

Take our CPD module on taking temperatures

Measuring body temperature in babies and young children

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