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You can take a temperature using the mouth (oral), anus (rectal), armpit (axillary), or ear (tympanic). But the temperature readings vary depending on which one you use, and you need an accurate body temperature to determine if a fever is present. One other difference between rectal and oral thermometers is the location of the line or indicator showing normal temperature. There is a 1 degree difference in the ideal oral and rectal temperatures. There are three places where your body temperature can be measured. Under this section, we will be discussing the main differences between the oral and axillary temperatures. If you are using an oral or oral pacifier thermometer, many doctors would say that a fever is also over 100. 4f (38c), but some may consider a fever in a young patient, to be an oral temperature of 100f or 37. Talk to your doctor about what temperature range they would consider a fever and about the recommended treatment. You need to wait 15 minutes after eating or drinking to take an oral temperature. Otherwise, the temperature of your food or drink might affect the thermometer reading. It can be difficult for children or anyone who breathes through the mouth to keep their mouths closed long enough to get an accurate oral reading. 896 masters comparison ofaxillary, oral, and forehead temperature j e masters department ofpaediatrics, guys hospital medicalschool, london summary the forehead fever scan gave a better estimate of oral temperature than did axillary temperature in 36 children with and without fever. objective to assess whether axillary and forehead temperatures accurately reflect the rectal temperature (the criterion standard). Design prospective study with calculation of paired axillary-rectal and forehead-rectal temperature differences and their sds. Participants convenience sample of 120 patients, with 20 patients in each of six age groups (ie, 1 month.). You can take a temperature using the mouth (oral), anus (rectal), armpit (axillary), or ear (tympanic). But the temperature readings vary depending on which one you use, and you need an accurate body temperature to determine if a fever is present. In this article, we look at normal body temperature ranges in adults, children, and babies.