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What type of thermometer should I use to take my child's temperature?

Multiple types of thermometers are available. Do not use glass thermometers, and, whenever possible, use an electronic (digital) thermometer.

Use a thermometer that is specifically designed for the type of temperature being taken. For example, do not use an oral thermometer to take a rectal temperature. Read the manufacturer’s directions carefully so you know how to use the thermometer appropriately.

Always stay with a child while taking a temperature to make sure that the child does not move so the thermometer does not break or cause injury.

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