How to Take Your Temperature by Ear

How to Take Your Temperature by Ear. Ear thermometers are easy to use—and with
their infrared technology provide an almost instant reading. Which means they’re great for most anyone,
but especially kids who don’t like to sit still. You will need An ear thermometer A clean cloth
or paper towel and disposable probe covers. Step 1. Read the thermometer’s instructions and note
any special characteristics. Step 2. Look in the ear that you’re planning to check—if
there is too much wax in it, it won’t be able to get a good reading, and you’ll need to
try the other ear or use an oral thermometer instead. If you suspect a fever is caused by an ear
infection, do not attempt to use an ear thermometer. Step 3. Wipe the tip of the probe with a clean cloth
or paper towel, and slip on a disposable probe cover. Step 4. Pull the ear up and back to help position
the probe. For babies under 12 months, pull the earlobe
down and back to help position the probe. Step 5. Insert the thermometer, gently wiggling it
into the ear canal. Be careful not to force it or push it in too
far. Most ear thermometers can be used in the armpit,
but it’s usually harder to get an accurate reading. Step 6. Press the button to turn the thermometer on. Step 7. Remove the thermometer when you hear the beep,
which should be within a few seconds. Step 8. Read the thermometer. The average normal ear temperature is 99.5
degrees Fahrenheit—if the reading is less than 95 degrees Fahrenheit or more than 103,
seek medical assistance. Step 9. Remove the probe cover and throw it away. Did you know The hypothalamus, a tiny cone-shaped
structure at the base of the brain, is responsible for regulating the body’s temperature.


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