The axillary (armpit) method is a convenient way to take a child's temperature, especially for kids who can't hold a thermometer in their mouths. But an axillary (AK-seh-ler-ee) reading is not as accurate as a rectal temperature, or an oral temperature in kids who are old enough to cooperate.
To take an axillary temperature:
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