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Body Temperature

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Body Temperature, How to Take Temperature
Body temperature is the internal temperature of an organism.

It is a quick and effective indicator of a person's health

The normal core body temperature is 98.6oF (ie 37o C)

It depends on the part of the body where the measurement is made.

Types of Thermometers

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Types of Thermometers, How to Take Temperature
Two basic types of thermometers

mercury thermometers( commonly used)

alcohol thermometers

digital thermometers.

Mercury thermometers consist of a glass tube with a marked glass bulb filled with mercury which climbs as the temperature rises.

Alcohol thermometers use ethanol or toluene.

Types of Thermometers

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Types of Thermometers, How to Take Temperature
Digital thermometers consist of thermistors or thermocouples that sense temperature changes which are then displayed digitally.

How to take temperature

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How to take temperature, How to Take Temperature
A regular mercury (glass) thermometer should first be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol and then dipped in cool water.

Shake the mercury thermometer before use

Insert it under one side of the tongue for 3 minutes.

Close mouth and breathe through your nose.

Normal reading ranges between 95.9oF to 99.5oF.

temperature can be measured at mouth, ear, forehead, armpit, and rectum.

Digital Thermometer

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Digital Thermometer, How to Take Temperature
Follow the manufacturer's directions before placing it gently in the ear.

Readings may be inaccurate in case of ear infection.

Normal reading ranges between 96.4 F to 100.4F.

Digital thermometers are also used for measuring axillary temperature in children by placing the instrument at the armpit.

Rectal temperature readings are advisable for babies.

Temperature Strips

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Temperature Strips, How to Take Temperature
Plastic temperature strips are child-friendly

First ensure that the forehead is dry

Hold the strip on the forehead, above the eyebrows

Do not touch the heat-measuring panels of the strip

When these strips change colour, they give an approximate reading

Normal reading ranges between 95.0F to 100.4F

Also, the temperature should not be taken right after any physical activity, eating or drinking

Temperature charts

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Temperature charts, How to Take Temperature
Chart showing temperature variations in the case of constant fever and undulant fever

How to cool down

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How to cool down, How to Take Temperature
There are natural methods to ease the fever.

Rub the body down with a sponge soaked in lukewarm water. Use ice if necessary

Take common antipyretics to control the fever. Aspirin is not recommended for children.

Drink plenty of fluids.

Take rest.

If fever continues, see a doctor

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