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Pediatr Nurs. 1996 Mar-Apr;22(2):121-5.

The falling grace of axillary temperatures.


This study compared axillary temperatures with either rectal or oral temperatures in 173 infants and young children. Axillary temperatures indicated a sensitivity of only 27.8% in their ability to detect fever in the febrile group. The age-old gold standard of estimating rectal temperature by adding 1 degree F to the oral and 2 degrees F to the axillary temperature was verified with afebrile group mean temperatures, but did not hold up with individual children's temperatures nor with febrile mean temperatures.

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