Health Buzz: Normal Body Temperature?

Since I've been talking so much about thermometers lately, it seemed appropriate to chat about a normal body temperature. With little ones, a fever can be worrisome. But did you know that a child's normal temperature range is different than that of an adult's? And a normal range also differs depending where you take the temperature.

I have a cheat sheet here at home, so I thought I would share it with the Mom Buzz readers! Print it out and keep it with your medicines and thermometers.

Normal Range by Site:
Oral: 96.6 - 99.5 F
Rectal: 97.7 - 100.3 F
Axillary (under arm): 95.5 - 98.8 F
Arterial (forehead): 97.4 - 100.1 F
Ear: 96.4 - 100.4 F

Normal Range by Age (approximation):
0 - 2 Years - 97.5 - 100.4 F
3 - 10 Years - 97 - 100 F
11 - 65 Years - 96.6 - 99.7 F
Over 65 - 96.4 to 99.5 F

When your child has a fever and you call the doctor's office, let them know where you are taking the temperature!

I hope you don't need that information, but it is good to have this season!

And if you missed it before, here are three buzzworthy thermometers you may be interested in!
  1. Exergen Temporal Scanner Infrared Thermometer
  2. Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer (Model IRT 4520)
  3. ComfortFlex Vicks Thermometer (V966F-24)
Stay Healthy and Happy Buzzing!