Fever is part of the body's overall defense. By raising the body temperature, it allows harmful microorganisms to die at higher temperatures. However, this will require medical attention as it can also harm itself.

Fever is part of the body’s overall defense. By raising the body temperature, it allows harmful microorganisms to die at higher temperatures. However, this will require medical attention as it can also harm itself. Thermometers display body temperature in Celsius (°C) or Fahrenheit (°F). In Canada and many other countries, the standard is degrees Celsius. In the United States, temperatures are usually measured in degrees Fahrenheit.

Average normal body temperature is 36.5-37°C (98.6°F). But this may not be normal for everyone. Body temperature also changes during the day. It is usually lowest in the early morning. It can rise as high as 0.6°C (1°F) in the early evening. If you exercise on a hot day, your temperature may rise by 0.6°C (1°F) or more.



A woman’s body temperature usually changes by 0.6°C (1°F) or more throughout her menstrual cycle. It peaks when it lays eggs.

Fever in newborn babies also occurs because the body loses water or the baby stays too hot in hot climates.

For fever measurement, axilla or ear measurement is preferred. Anal temperature measurement is not preferred. Manual fire control is not a reliable method.

In order to measure the temperature under the armpit, the tip of the thermometer is placed in the armpit of the baby. The baby’s armpit should be dry and the armpit should be kept closed for 4-5 minutes after the degree is placed.

A mercury thermometer should not be used.

In general, forehead measurements are 0.3°C(0.5°F) to 0.6°C(1°F) lower than mouth temperature.

digital non-contact thermometer

You can measure your temperature using a digital thermometer. When using a digital thermometer:

  • Clean the measuring tip with cold water and soap, rinse and dry.
  • Turn on the thermometer and point it at the area to be measured.
  • Wait until you hear a beep or flash.
  • Check the temperature on the display.

Digital contact thermometer

You can also use a contact digital thermometer under your armpit. Be sure to press your arm firmly against your body until the thermometer beeps or flashes.



Digital ear thermometer

If you are using a digital ear thermometer, you should carefully read the user manual on how to use it. When using the ear thermometer, make sure that the tip of the thermometer is fully inserted into the ear. Since tympanic infrared thermometers work with the principle of detecting the thermal radiation released from the eardrum, the reliability of this method is limited under the age of 6 years. Because the external ear canal is S-shaped and curved in young children, if the thermometer tip cannot see the eardrum, it will measure incorrectly. Therefore, auricular measurement is not recommended for children under 2 years of age. In addition, he cannot see and read the membrane in blockages due to external ear canal secretions (plugs). Normal body temperature in ear measurement ranges from 35.8°C to -38°C.

Important

If you feel fever or chills in yourself or your child, you may have a high fever even if you measure your temperature at a normal level. Because sometimes thermometers can measure incorrectly or you may have measured incorrectly. What matters is how you feel. If you or your child feel or have a really high temperature, you can seek help from 911 or a health facility. In this process, you should avoid contact with other people.