How to take your child’s temperature, and what it should be

Age Recommended technique Normal temperature range
Birth to 2 years First choice:
rectal 36.6 °C to 38 °C
(97.9 °F to 100.4 °F)
Second choice:
armpit 36.5 °C to 37.5 °C
(97.8 °F to 99.5 °F)
2 to 5 years First choice:
rectal 36.6 °C to 38 °C
(97.9 °F to 100.4 °F)
Second choices:
ear armpit 35.8 °C to 38 °C
(96.4 °F to 100.4 °F)

36.5 °C to 37.5 °C
(97.8 °F to 99.5 °F)
5+ years First choice:
mouth 35.5 °C to 37.5 °C
(95.9 °F to 99.5 °F)
Second choices:
ear armpit 35.8 °C to 38 °C
(96.4 °F to 100.4 °F)

36.5 °C to 37.5 °C
(97.8 °F to 99.5 °F)

CAUTION: If your child’s fever persists for more than 3 days, if your child is in pain for more than 5 days, or if new symptoms appear, talk to your doctor.

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What should my child’s temperature be?