The best way to take the temperature of a toddler is via the rectum. This is a central location, and rectal thermometers are more sensitive. However, some toddlers find them uncomfortable. As a second choice for those younger than 24 months, pediatricians recommend the armpit. For kids older than 24 months, researchers suggest ear thermometers as the secondary option. Because of the risk of biting, doctors urge against oral thermometers for children younger than five years.
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