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Body temperature is a measure of the body's ability to generate and get rid of heat. There are 4 ways to take (measure) a temperature: under the armpit (axillary method), in the mouth (oral method), in the ear (tympanic method) and in the rectum/bum (rectal method).
Safe and accurate temperature taking is important especially in young children. For more information, see HealthLinkBC File #99 How to Take a Temperature: Children and Adults, or visit Caring for Kids – Fever and temperature taking.
If your child has a fever, home treatment can include giving over the counter medication such as acetaminophen, to help lower their temperature. The amount of medication to give depends on the age and weight of your child.
If you have questions about taking a temperature, body temperatures or fever, speak with your health care provider or call 8-1-1 to speak with a nurse or pharmacist. Our nurses are available anytime, every day of the year, and our pharmacists are available every night from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.