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how accurate are underarm thermometers?

(4 Posts)
gunting Tue 23-Feb-16 09:24:01

My son (4m) has been slightly out of sorts this morning so I took his temp with a underarm thermometer. I've had readings from 35.5 - 36.2.

Is this too low?

Jibberjabberjooo Tue 23-Feb-16 12:18:45

Anything under 36 is low. It can be that you're not positioning it correctly if you're getting low readings.

gunting Tue 23-Feb-16 12:27:46

I think you're right.

I've tried it again and tried shoving it right under his armpit while he's napping and the readings have been 36.2-36.4. I think the grumpiness is possibly teething.

Haggisfish Tue 23-Feb-16 12:29:19

You have to put it right in the fold and hold their arm down firmly. I still find them rubbish. Actually I find they are all rubbish!

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